A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa

A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa By Dominique Lapierre, A Rainbow in the Night The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa In a small group of Dutch farmers landed on the southernmost tip of Africa Sent by the powerful Dutch India Company their mission was simply to grow vegetables and supply ships rounding the cape
  • Title: A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa
  • Author: Dominique Lapierre
  • ISBN: 9780306818479
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa By Dominique Lapierre, In 1652 a small group of Dutch farmers landed on the southernmost tip of Africa Sent by the powerful Dutch India Company, their mission was simply to grow vegetables and supply ships rounding the cape The colonists, however, were convinced by their strict Calvinist faith that they were among God s Elect, chosen to rule over the continent Their saga bloody, ferocious,In 1652 a small group of Dutch farmers landed on the southernmost tip of Africa Sent by the powerful Dutch India Company, their mission was simply to grow vegetables and supply ships rounding the cape The colonists, however, were convinced by their strict Calvinist faith that they were among God s Elect, chosen to rule over the continent Their saga bloody, ferocious, and fervent would culminate three centuries later in one of the greatest tragedies of history the establishment of a racist regime in which a white minority would subjugate and victimize millions of blacks Called apartheid, it was a poisonous system that would only end with the liberation from prison of one of the moral giants of our time, Nelson Mandela.A Rainbow in the Night is Dominique Lapierre s epic account of South Africa s tragic history and the heroic men and women famous and obscure, white and black, European and African who have, with their blood and tears, brought to life the country that is today known as the Rainbow Nation.
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    1. Dominique Lapierre

      Dominique Lapierre was born in Ch telaillon Plage, Charente Maritime, France At the age of thirteen, he travelled to America with his father who was a diplomat Consul General of France He attended the Jesuit school in New Orleans and became a paper boy for the New Orleans Item He developed interests in travelling, writing and cars.He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India s third highest civilian award in the 2008 Republic Day honours list.

    174 thoughts on “A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa”

    1. Basically this is a history book where history of South Africa has been narrated in a very interesting way from the Dutch conquest in 1652 to elections in 1994.Some points have been omitted like Namibia s independence and end of sporting boycott in1991 so I deducted one star.But all in all,Dominique Lapierre provides an interesting way to learn history.I think it is must read for those interested in history of apartheid.


    2. This is an accessible history of South Africa written by a well known French journalist The history is complex than I thought I found myself sympathetic to the Dutch traders and farmers in the 17th and 18th centuries sought their fortune and a quasi religious calling to settle what seemed to be a largely unpopulated region of southern Africa After centuries of harrowing battles with Zulus, the British, other Dutchmen and natural disasters, these Afrikaner country bumpkins trek around this area [...]


    3. A poignant, very well written history of South Africa s birth and rebirth after apartheid s end A must read, if only for refresh ourselves on history s lessons in a day and age when fascism divisiveness are starting to read their ugly heads againIt even had lessons on Dictatorship 101 For individuals or groups who resisted these apartheid expulsions or contested their legality by appealing to the courts, he came up with the Black Prohibition of Interdicts Act, which prevented the judiciary from [...]


    4. I don t know how to explain this book in a word To be honest, I didn t know what to feel when I was reading this book I can t believe this really happened in our history This just seemed so surreal to me and I didn t want to believe this Moreover, there were people that wanted to change this world to become better There was Nelson Mandela He didn t give up to find freedom for the people in South Africa Even if he was put in jail, he stayed positive I looked at myself, and I realised that I was c [...]


    5. A hit the high points overview of South African history with particular focus on apartheid Nelson Mandela The scope of the book is limited but it was still riveting to read I would be interested in hearing another perspective on the role of the Protestant church and Reformed theology in both the development dismantling of apartheid the author has a bit of an ax to grind when it comes to the Christian faith.


    6. There was a time when I chanced upon the Indian passport of one of my uncles lying on the table I was a student then and I opened the little black book with curiosity There was an epistle from the President of India appealing to persons anywhere in the world to extend wholehearted help and cooperation to my uncle whose photo was pasted on the facing side On the next page however, a curiosity awaited me A seal in indelible blue ink proclaimed that the passport is valid for travel to any country e [...]


    7. Takeaways1795 British galeons appear for the first time They conquered the Cape Town to prevent it from falling on French hands They abolished slavery and anhiliated afrikaners by issuing laws that considered equal rights for all Including blacks, natives1852 the British crown recognizes the independence of the city nation of Pretoria afrikaners 1912 afrikaners win the elections and quickly pass the native land act dividing the nation into areas allocated to blacks and areas allocated to whites [...]


    8. In anticipation of a trip to South Africa, I jugatedwanted a readable history of the country and apartheid Lapierre starts with the 1652 arrival of Dutch farmers sent to the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch East India Company The sole purpose was to grow vegetables preventing scurvy for their supply ships rounding the Cape These settlers, driven by their strong Calvinistic faith believed that their goal was than farming they believed that they were God s chosen people to settle and rule the conti [...]


    9. One of the best books of my year We listened through our trip to South Africa and not only learned so much but could also see how similar many of the struggles were to the race issues in America too Black Lives Matter, they always mattered and we ignored it for centuries.


    10. This is a good book to start if one wants to understand the history of the geographical area that we call South Africa.



    11. Uno de aquellos libros que no puedes dejar pasar Interesante, gil en su desarrollo, profundo, bien documentado y claro en su contenido.






    12. It pains me slightly to give this book four stars, because while parts of it are amazing, and all of it tells an amazing story, too much of it tells an amazing story in overwrought, hand wringing fashion.The main problem with it is that it begins as a fairly objective, fairly reasonable and very well told history of South African history pre World War II which is when the racism that would become Apartheid was not formalized It then turns about halfway through into a hagiography of the poor It s [...]


    13. The book A Rainbow in the Sky by Dominique Lapierre is an interesting book about the history of South Africa One of the 11 national official languages in South Africa is Afrikaans, which is a difference between Dutch and Zulu This is because on April 6, 1962, three ships stopped on the tip of Africa, which was later known as Cape Town On board one of the ships was a man called Jan van Riebeeck, who was a surgeon He was with his wife, their four month old child and 90 other immigrants which he co [...]



    14. This book gave an engaging overview of the history of South Africa I had only read two textbook paragraphs on the country before reading this book and found it to be a very readable introduction to a terrible chapter of our world s history Quite a depressing read that ends on a good note For someone unfamiliar with the country s history, the author left many questions unanswered In the modern portion of the book, M Lapierre covers the political activity of the country, and then shares vignettes [...]


    15. iandbooks.wordpress While growing up, Apartheid and Nelson Mandela were very common subjects that were part of TV news everyday Though, I had some idea of what was happening in South Africa, I had no idea about the details till I finished reading this book A Rainbow in the Night by Dominique Lapierre recently I vaguely remember a college debate amongst friends talking about South Africa pulling out of Cricket World Cup if the referendum on Apartheid was not successful in favor of abolishing it.I [...]


    16. a reasonably brief but selective history of SA till mid 90s quite readable, but with some odd quirks, mainly in the later parts just a sentence here or a short paragraph there, but if you re sufficiently attentive they become quite jarringagine reading the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf, and occasionally encountering titbits like ter being dishonourably discharged from the army for overzealous participation in the unfortunate M Lai business, the first little pig built a humb [...]


    17. Lapierre ha il grande dono di saper raccontare la storia come un romanzo Ed un dono prezioso oggi, in cui la storia viene relegata come un affare noioso, inutile nel nostro godereccio mondo consumistico Ci illudiamo che scegliere cosa consumare sia la libert , quando la libert sta nello scegliere cosa pensare solo la conoscenza pu dare la libert Ora pi che mai conoscere la storia pu aiutarci a capire l attualit Un esempio nel 1953 il governo esclusivamente bianco sudafricano impegnato a realizza [...]


    18. Mr Lapierre relates the history of South Africa from 1652 when Dutchman Jan van Riebeeck lands in the Cape to plant lettuce to 1994 when Nelson Mandela becomes South Africa s first black president There are great hardships and great triumphs described and the perseverance of the African people is remarkable and commendable Mr Lapierre states in his bibliography that he wanted to recount, as accurately as possible, a fabulous human epic which I find he does very well I admit that I didn t know mu [...]


    19. In this book, Dominique Lapierre tells the story of South Africa, from Jan van Riebeeck s heading of the first Dutch occupation in 1652, to Nelson Mandela s assumption of power in 1994 Although I knew about apartheid growing up, it was very interesting to learn how a white minority used savage methods to segregate the black majority in their own country, inflamed by Hitler s teachings and how the fight for freedom was kept alive by courageous men and martyrs, such as Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, [...]


    20. I wanted to rank this book higher, and there were chapters of the book that were intense and engaging After reading Freedom at Midnight , I thought Mr Lapierre would focus on the most important players in the freedom struggle While Helen Lieberman is no doubt full of virtue, truly admirable and an amazing human being, I though the focus on her and the heart transplant surgeon was quite misplaced a critical race theorist might be disturbed that these admirable white acts were being juxtaposed aga [...]


    21. A thought provoking account of the birthpangs of the South African Nation starting from the Great Trek in Bunghers along Natal , the Anglo Boer War in which Gandhi participated as a nurse in 1918 Soweto , the Founding of the ANC and the imprisonment in Robben Island subsequent release of Mandiba.Not exactly in the class of V.S naipaul and other historical novels but serves as a steamed up guide ready reckoner romp to the Rainbow Nation My only argument with this love fest with south africa is th [...]


    22. To be honest this book was the most incredible book I ve read in the past years I could feel tears in my face all the time, tears describing how it could be possible, so many years to finish an inhumanity in the current days, that the apartheid was responsible for, is unbelievable this was broken just a few years ago 1994.This book gave me an incredible overview about South Africa, and how Hitler have changed not just the world in the second war, but created also students to apply your savagery [...]


    23. Captivating for the same reason that it can be scattered Lapierre has a nack for discussing history through narrative, but that leads to some topics taking up far too much space in the book For example Helen lieberman The portion on her is amazingly interesting and could have been its own book Just not this book and others not given enough space the rise and death of Steve Biko to name one example, was covered in a couple pages Further, some of the Nationalists connections to the Nazi party seem [...]


    24. This was a surprisingly good book The author built up the process of setting out the development of the apartheid policies in South Africa He starts with the immigration of the Boers and their development of the South African society According to the author, the development of apartheid resulted from the white religion He does tell the story from a slanted point of view, however justified that is, which takes the book out of a truly factual historical recount I did find it annoying that he felt [...]


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