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She does not know how but has a sabi from her earliest memory that she was different What she does know is that 'difference' had currency in the past and it certainly still has currency today The Sabi will have an effect on you have no doubt about that In her debut novel Diane Brown takes a scenic and open eyed walk down memory lane to the 1960's when apartheid was in full swing to the early 1990's when South Africa was beginning to sense freedom She ventures further back in time to help solve the puzzle of the current time how did South Africa become so angry and so violent? Writing from the heart to relate the events of her childhood and adolescence the author takes you on a journey that will make you cry and laugh along with her as she tried to make sense of her life the people around her and the system into which she was born She is no doubt left extremely vulnerable and exposed in relating this account of her life This honesty is anchored in an easy writing style which is deeply reflective with an acute sense of contextual reasoning She reflects on the news of the day in a 'free' country tainted with the heavy stench of death violence and abuse and notes that all too familiar script She finally realises Her story must be toldThemes covered in this book Race Colorism Violence South Africa Apartheid Acceptance Prejudice Coming of age Love Liberation

10 thoughts on “The Sabi

  1. says:

    This is an autobiographical worka coming of age book of the author Diane Brown that depicts her struggles as a black woman trying to navigate a racist Apartheid society This book includes a history lesson that is very important to know especially to someone like me who had never really uestioned how Apartheid came aboutBorn in the 1960s a decade of so much change in the world the author stresses the importance of knowing one's history “The winds of change were blowing over Africa too and over a period of eight years between 1960 and 1968 thirty two countries gained independence from their European colonisers”This book puts you in the skin of a black woman growing up in Apartheid South Africa Not only that it helps to show how the abuse children and women experience has its roots in the evil system Brown did not shy away from discussing the violence and abuse This is a story that makes you wonder of the immense number of stories on racism out there I so appreciated the honesty the candour the exploration of themes that are so important to discuss themes that are often swept under a rug in Africa and in the rest of the world Issues like colourism and hair texture are talked about Some shocking things like the Pencil Test to test racial purity made me shake my head in disbelief though I have heard about the Paper Bag test in some American sororitiesI enjoyed this book because instead of taking all the stuff that happens to her and all that she has to witness the author tries to understand the reasons these things happen The self awareness seems to be something that is continuing until this day But as I have grown I have come to realise that there are contradictions dualities and surprises in us all That each of us always and already has the ability to be both demon and angel that we can have incredible strengths and display weaknesses in the most bizarre forms that we can be dull and boring but also creative and intriguing Mostly I have become aware that all or any of these abilities can be revealed at any time It is like we are ticking time bombs waiting for life to present us with situations that allow each of these to be manifested And I must say for me personally this is one of the strongest uotes in the book one I can relate to on a very personal level What always first defined you was the colour of your skin It didn’t matter that I loved to sing had a good knack for languages had an incredible memory for things I deemed important or that I loved being alone All other characteristics both internal and external were secondary or precisely invisible always subject to what colour you areThe realities of race are something many of us cannot deny I love books like this that don't shy away from being honest about the struggles when many people want for us to believe that we live in a postracial world the I don't see race folk Although Brown's book is mainly about Apartheid so many of the issues she detailed are very much with us today just look at Ferguson Missouri The truth is that when you grow up being or feeling less than you have to work so much harder at everything just to get to par on the golf course of life When you start at the first hole you are already eighteen over par and to make it just to keep up you have to sink birdies and eagles To really win even a par score on any one of the holes is just not good enough You can try many courses work very hard for very long employ tremendous spells of concentration practise hard for hours each day endure hours in the blazing sun; and it is never good enough And then one moment in your very tiring lifetime you realise that it reuires too much effort the decks are stacked too heavily against you It is time to stop playing the game or get busy changing the rules of the game Not the easiest of subject matters to get through but very very important for us to acknowledge racist histories and the legacies they left behind

  2. says:

    I loved this book from beginning to end I don't read many novels but this one got me going and then some It is a beautifully written story although there are some areas that are difficult to read Many of my family members have now read the book and their response simply confirms how important this kind of book is Many times these stories are only reported in statistics but this book brings to life everyday issues of duality of the human condition of violence and its roots of the real impact of colorism and on the realities of racismI would recommend this book to both black and white because the story will make the world a better place We can all learn from the spirit of this authorI was disturbed and discomforted at times and then there were times that I was soothed and reassured about how great the human spirit can be to overcome It is indeed great to find an author that looks beyond the symptoms and urges us to understand why things happen and at the same time challenges us to be better without actually asking us to be I was totally inspired after reading this book As a man I found myself examining the attitudes of men in society and I wanted to be better without feeling judged but always through understandingIt is rare to find an author that is this generous with her inner thoughts and sentiments while taking us on her journey of life Perhaps accurate she displays bravery and courageI also got to learn alot about South Africa and realised how similar some of the issues are between South Africa and the United States The story is elevated because she situates the journey she takes us on within historical and political context It is uite a brilliant bookThis is a book that every black person in the USA should read Highly recommend

  3. says:

    Book Review Written by Kutloano Kunutu published in Carob Magazine August 2013 5 star ratingThe Sabi is the debut novel of Diane Brown from South Africa It is a book of knowing Knowing without being taught or shown Just knowing Set in the height of apartheid South Africa this book is a richly interwoven account and reflection of the personal story of Diane Brown with that of the violent and turbulent history of South Africa The two stories come together so seamlessly because you could never really have one without the other The Sabi is an autobiography simply told and honestly written It is a powerful story of a young girl trying to find her place in the racially classified and divided society that she is born into She has a sabi a knowing from when she could remember that she was different and that that difference meant something This plays out in various interactions with the people around her and the situations she encounters from her early childhood into her adolescence and finally when she has come of age She talks openly about hair and skin tones and the pressure to alter these to fit in Within her own story she reflects on events in the world and in the country that ultimately shape her thoughts and who she becomes As much as this is Diane’s story it is very much her father’s story He is an undeniably strong and impactful character throughout the book and he is the vehicle she uses to bring together her thoughts and her unease on issues of race skin colour gender and violence in South Africa and the world The duality of his character is often exposed; the good versus bad the charming versus the vicious the generous versus the stringent The story reflects this duality how the two sides of his character seem to fight each other and yet compliment and ultimately cannot be separated from each other This book holds up the mirror to the duality of the South African society we live in today In her own words she states There is a duality to South Africa as in all of life itself that is evident and as stark as the ineuality among its citizensThis story is harrowing and it succeeds in relating what could be happening inside the angry and the violent On reflecting on her childhood she says I could always see when that thing that caused him to want to lash out at someone was building inside of him It was as if he had something in him that he needed to get out of himself and the only way he could uieten it was to hit someone Later in the book she describes that 'thing inside of her There are moments so brutal as when she describes the actions of a woman she names Cruella in the book so tragic you are almost too afraid to read for what it might reveal; but there are also moments that shine so bright; a grandmothers touch a mothers uiet love the adventures and discovery of true friends who provide solace and humorous moments and then the love of someone who finally 'sees' her and fights for and stands up for her The Sabi is filled with turbulence it’s filled with violence it’s filled with contradictions it’s filled with music and it’s filled with love passion reflection growth and acceptance It is no longer just Diane Brown’s story it is South Africa’s storyI highly recommend this book to young and old of all races around the world as each are reflected in these pagesThis review was published in Carob Magazine August 2013

  4. says:

    each hoping that things will get better as we find our way back to ubuntuBrown's story is fraught with violence all of it growing out of colonisation and colonial power struggles in South Africa all the way back to the Boer war which I knew next to nothing about before That abused people and groups become abusive that violence and hate seem to have to go somewhere whether outward or inward are bleak knowings that emerge from this book Yet the love Brown speaks of for her husband her friends her daughter and for music seems deep and sweet powerful enough angled through her to somehow some day defeat all of that violence and bitternessOn the significance of hair as a hierarchy marker in White supremacy Brown is very informative She also briefly discusses the economic effects of apartheid based infrastructure planning policies which is something I'd never thought of but must as a persisting structure make it difficult to dismantle segregationThe language of this book made it difficult for me at first The difference between the South African English used by Brown and the literary British US English I am used to made her sentences seem clunky stilted and the words and expressions didn't flow This barrier soon dissolved partly because I was compelled by her story and I found that I began to have a rare experience I 'heard' the voice of the author speaking as I read which made me empathise with her strongly as if we were talking on the phoneTowards the end of the book she speaks about her writing and experience of flow For me this is evident in her style than in any other author's sections of the book feel deliberate laborious putting one word in front of another while others particularly when she describes moments of love and joy seem as fluid and musical as song

  5. says:

    Very few books cut right deep into one's emotions like this book does I often had to put it down to compose myselfAbsolutely beautiful Diane bravely ventures into her past exploring some very personal issues from her childhood and young adulthood and how she met her soulmateIn the book Diane reveals the raw nature of the South African family structure a feature many will relate toThe story is so beautifully told it can be easily turned into a movie showing the resilience and strength of one of many strong women we have in South AfricaI wish every man and woman would read this touching life story A personal review I wrote about the book on my blog

  6. says:

    This book moved me through so many emotions Form pure utter shock to tears streaming down my face to boughts of uncontrollable laughter Following the plight of a South African women living through the effects and after effects of Apartheid I have read many books on the topic of apartheid but have never come across a book that personalizes the direct impact of the violence within the four walls of your home and your mind and at the same time the duality of humankind to be both kind and extremely cruel This auto biography is must a read Having read it twice I think it will be one of those that I will read many times It will take time for me to digest the contents of the book as it covers some really heart wrenching and VERY real topics of violence that many are afraid to talk about I commend Diane Brown on the bravery it must have taken to write such a book being such a personal account of her life from to childhood to her early adult years The book covers topics such as race colorism violence human spirit love overcoming all odds I'm looking forward to reading of Diane's material The standard of South African Literature is rising everyday

  7. says:

    The Sabi is a much needed book in South Africa it is than an autobiography it is moment in time in South Africa and it speaks to everyone across the board The author has a conversation with the reader and takes him or her on a journey with her into her mind into her circumstances and into the history of South Africa More than anything sit back read the book and enjoy it

  8. says:

    This is a gripping book it is the second time I am reading it It was a page turner Sometimes I had to put the book down even though it was the second time I read it within a space of a month This book is so real and honest and seems to be written directly from the heartI wish this book or books like it could be in every single schools in South Africa because it is so real and told from a perspective of reality but also not one of judgement I highly recommend this book to young and old and to all races It is a book that hangs on in your soul long after you have read the last page and that's why I had to go back to it and read it again The Sabi is brutal at times but it is also so very hopeful The ending is not what you would like but that is life there are no fairy tales but yet you still feel urged to live life and be hopefulWe need books like this and I hope to read and from this author and that she does not loose her gift of being able to tell a story simply in a context of history politics and society This for me is the brilliance of the book It is real yet you learn so much helped me to make sense of violence race and colour human duality cultural legacies and human relationsIt takes you on a journey I laughed at times I cried and I reflected along with her You feel like you part of the story and soon this story becomes yours tooI don't think anyone will be able to read this book and be the same it just has that effect I think this book should be made into a movie it just has that uality

  9. says:

    When looking at history I always wonder what happens to the ordinary people the ones like you and me Those who are important because they both live in the world and give the world life; yet their lives are not public knowledge The people for whom history is the backdrop of their lives who are affected and changed by history but do this with relative anonymityDianne gives an autobiographical account of her life as an ordinary South African under Apartheid Although race and culture are obvious themes there is so much to this book than that It's about searching for and finding yourself and your place in this world; and the importance of the people who make this journey with you It's a beautiful look at the life of someone who appears ordinary to the rest of the world but who is extraordinary to those who love herThank you Diane for sharing your story with us