Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 1992
CS ISBN $34.95 Six cassettes cassettes
Nadine Gordimer observes South Africa’s decay largely through the internal monologues of a wealthy businessman disconnected from life. He cultivates empty affairs and the land he owns with an eye toward profit and loss. Perhaps Nadia May’s straightforward narration reflects the flat, detached quality of this existence too well; her voice scarcely changes pace or emotional intensity. While this reading style suits the story’s mood, it drags. Fortunately, May provides relief by skillfully adapting her mild British accent to the dialects of the various social classes. While not exciting, this presentation certainly seems true to Gordimer’s vision. D.J. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG 95]
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