I am currently in the Eastern Cape, where J.M Coetzee’s Booker winning book, Disgrace, is partly set. To be honest with you, Eastern Cape boasts of a beautiful landscape. Lucy (a female character in the novel) lived in the town of Salem on the Grahamstown-Kenton road in the Eastern Cape. I am currently based in the town of Lusikisiki, also in the Eastern Cape.
To get a clear picture of how majority of the people in Eastern Cape live, here is a brief passage:
‘His daughter’s smallholding is at the end of a winding dirt track some miles outside the town: five hectares of land, most of it arable, a wind-pump, stables and outbuildings, and a low, sprawling farmhouse painted yellow, with a galvanized-iron roof and a covered stoep. The front boundary is marked by a wire fence and clumps of nasturtiums and geraniums; the rest of the front is dust and gravel.’ Disgrace, Chapter 7, Pg. 59
I am loving the place and the people and trying hard to learning their language – Xhosa. At least I have learnt to say Bhuti (Brother) and Sisi (Sister). I would be bringing you more updates.