Empire Settings

Empire Settings

by David Schmahmann

Judy Stanton (09/05/11): Empire Settings is a story about South Africa, during and after apartheid, told from the perspective of three members of a Jewish family and one of their slaves. The story was interesting, and I learned more about apartheid and how it was viewed by those who lived through it, but it was not compelling. The only "suspense" is finding out whether the son who fell in love with the daughter of a domestic worker ever reunites with her. Having recently seen the movie "The Help," I found the perspective of Baptie, the black women who lived in the Divin home and brought up the children, to be most compelling. So sad how the "mother-child" type ties with her are so quickly and easily broken as the family moves on.
Rating: ***

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