A Life's Mosaic: The Autobiography of Phyllis Ntantala by Phyllis Ntantala

By Phyllis Ntantala

"Like Trotsky, i didn't go away domestic with the proverbial one-and-six in my pocket. I come from a relatives of landed gentry . . . [and] can have selected the trail of convenience and protection, for even in apartheid South Africa, there's nonetheless that course when you will collaborate. yet I selected the trail of fight and uncertainty."--from the PrefaceBorn into the small social elite of black South Africa, Phyllis Ntantala didn't face the grinding poverty so commonplace to different South African blacks. as an alternative, her fight was once that of an inventive, articulate lady looking achievement and justice in a land that attempted to disclaim her both.The widow of Xhosa author and historian A.C. Jordan and mom of African nationwide Congress chief Z. Pallo Jordan, she and her kinfolk skilled a interval of super switch in South Africa and in addition within the usa, the place they moved through the Sixties. She discovers similarities within the international locations, together with the confidence of power.Anchored in historical past and tradition, A Life's Mosaic sharply finds the realm and the folk of South Africa. because the tale of a political exile, it represents the dislocations that experience triggered common pain within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century. Phyllis Ntantala discusses the cruelty of racism, the cynicism of political strategies, and the hopes of these who reside in either an international of exile and an international of desires.

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After the ceremony, both parties rushed out, excited, ululating, declaiming about the bride and the groom. We schoolchildren were allowed out too, and with the two parties would stand in a semicircle in front of the church door. ' [God's wish has been accomplished; the minister has advised and admonished. The envious and detractors have been foiled; all disputes have now been put to rest. Amen! Amen! It is all over. ] As aunt Nomsisi stepped out of the church door, aunt Ma-Miya, her uncle Isaiah's wife, stepped forward, throwing rice on them, ululating, inviting all to behold this gooseberry, smooth and shiny, just as a gooseberry coming out of its sheath, to behold this beautiful daughter of the No-Zulu, the Mbanguba, the Mpafane, they who came clad and adorned in fine regalia, looking fresh as the very treebuds in autumn.

We schoolchildren were allowed out too, and with the two parties would stand in a semicircle in front of the church door. ' [God's wish has been accomplished; the minister has advised and admonished. The envious and detractors have been foiled; all disputes have now been put to rest. Amen! Amen! It is all over. ] As aunt Nomsisi stepped out of the church door, aunt Ma-Miya, her uncle Isaiah's wife, stepped forward, throwing rice on them, ululating, inviting all to behold this gooseberry, smooth and shiny, just as a gooseberry coming out of its sheath, to behold this beautiful daughter of the No-Zulu, the Mbanguba, the Mpafane, they who came clad and adorned in fine regalia, looking fresh as the very treebuds in autumn.

Yes, aunt Daisy was right, these cattle were her father's which were shared among the children when Govan, their father, died. What Tata had acquired during his first marriage he could not touch. The will he drew up did not allow it. All that property was to be divided among us, his four girls. He had usufruct rights to it for as long as it remained with him. Of his inheritance from his father's stock, with thirty head of cattle gone, perhaps he was left with only half. They drove all that stock to Qhumanco.

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