The Smell of Apples
By (author) Mark Behr
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Smell of Apples by Mark Behr
Book DescriptionMarnus is terrified he will not fulfil the expectations of his elite Afrikaner family who are certain of their superiority. But when Mr Smith arrives, things start to change, affecting Marnus's values and everything around him that he he holds dear. Mark Behr's debut novel and the recipient of numerous awards including South Africa's biggest literary prize, the M-Net Award, as well as the Eugene Maris Prize and the CAN Literary Award. In the UK the book was shortlisted for the Steinbeck Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize, and received the Betty Trask Award. In the USA the novel won the Art Seidenbaum Award from the Los Angeles Times.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780349107561
(197mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 4-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mark Behr
Kings of the Water, Paperback (September 2010)
* A beautifully written story which brings into focus the personal - a man's reconciliation with his father - and the big-picture-political: how South Africa comes to terms with its past, out now in paperback
Embrace, Paperback (February 2001)View all books by Mark Behr
* Erotic, passionate coming-of-age novel, set in an exclusive boys' choir school in South Africa.
US Kirkus Review » An ambitious debut novel from young Johannesburg writer Behr revisits 1970s South Africa - here, to tell of a family that conveniently embodied many of that country's familiar pathologies and distortions. While not exactly a morality tale, the story that ten-year-old Marnus Erasmus tells is nonetheless shaped and determined by the phrase "the smell of apples" - apples that are sweet until they rot and stink. This handy metaphor for the society Behr describes is carefully worked out in the narrative that young Marnus relates, alternating with brief dispatches from the 1988 Angolan front, where the now-adult Marnus is reluctantly fighting. As he recalls what was in many ways a typical summer, he innocently reveals all the bigotry and hypocrisy that he learns at school, at church, and to some degree at home. Marnus's father, a South African general contemptuous of blacks, talks sententiously of defending the country "whatever the cost"; his mother, a former opera singer, reflects a relatively more humane if paternalist attitude, as does his older sister, Ilse, whose visit to Holland has made her critical of the status quo. Marnus describes a seemingly happy family living in idyllic circumstances, even though this sweet life, like the country itself, is rotting at the core. When Marnus accidentally learns that his mother is having an affair and then witnesses his father sexually molesting Marnus's best friend, Frikkie, the sweet smell of apples is gone forever. "In life," the older and now fatally wounded Marnus observes, "there is no escape from history." An acute, if sometimes schematic, rendering of a time, a place, a family, and a terrible obsession with race and identity that came close to destroying the beloved country and all its peoples. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Mark Behr
Mark Behr was born in Tanzania and grew up in South Africa. His multi-award winning debut novel was lauded by critics worldwide, translated into numerous languages and recognised as a South African classic.
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