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The Pickup


Who picked up whom? Is the pickup the illegal immigrant desperate to evade deportation to his impoverished desert country? Or is the pickup the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500

A good read

by iheartabbi13 on Aug 5, 2010

The style is intriguing, it reminds me of a lesser version of Disgrace. I enjoyed it nonetheless.


Forms of Unknowing

by rejoyce on Oct 2, 2007

Nobel Prize awardee Nadine Gordimer's career has always been consonant with the fate of her native country, South Africa. She brings an acute intelligence and sensibility to delineating the human relationships between her black and white South African characters in masterful novels such as Burger's Daughter and A Sport of Nature. In The Pickup, the central relationship between a woman of privilege and an Arab garage mechanic, who is also an illegal immigrant, becomes symbolic of the uneasy bond between Islam and the West, and the mutual forms of unknowing. In this late novel, Gordimer's use of present tense and her clipped, convoluted sentences mirror the couple's uncertainties, ignorances, withholdings, and differences. While the prose lacks the sensuous abundance of the earlier novels, it is one of her most compelling. Gordimer's understanding of social relations between those who "own" and those seeking an "alternative" is quite uncanny.

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