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Eleanor Baker se Die ander Marta het as tema die “dienende Marta” wat met al haar verborge verlangens en vrese aanhou om haar rol gedienstig te vervul, maar dan deur ʼn groot ingryping (hier grotendeels deur haarself geïnisieer) geleidelik bevry word. Die Marta van die titel is ʼn middeljarige boervrou wat op ʼn dag breekpunt bereik, die motor vat en wegry na die Weskus met die idee om ʼn einde aan alles te maak. Maar haar selfmoordpoging misluk en sy vind ʼn tydelike heenkome in ʼn eenvoudige klein vissersgemeenskap. Die verhaal fokus ook op haar man, Hendrik, se reaksie nadat hy agtergekom het sy’s weg, en hoe hy ook uiteindelik tot ander insigte kom. Die spel tussen man en vrou in ʼn “gebonde” situasie word vindingryk weergegee, en die verwikkelde grein van ʼn emosioneel verwaarloosde vrou soos Marta word met fyn insig geteken. Die menslikheid en humor waarmee Baker alledaagse ervarings uitbeeld, is een van die redes waarom haar boeke so gewild is en sy soveel lojale lesers het.
Please note: This audiobook is in Afrikaans.
©2012 Eleanor Baker (P)2015 NB Publishers
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By JB on 03-06-17

Heartfelt listening

I loved the rich characterisation and the way past and future were laid out in this book. The story was deeply moving and honestly told, it brought me to tears. The narrator read brilliantly, her voice was easy to listen to, she read with emotion when the story required it and it was clear which character was speaking.

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