Sit Down and Listen: Stories from South Africa
by Ellen Kuzwayo
'For so many years now,' writes the author of this delightful collection, 'we have owned our stories while owning so little else.'
Ellen Kuzwayo's autobiography Call Me Woman was an international bestseller. At last we hear her extraordinarily distinct voice again, this time in a series of stories culled from her rich personal experience as community leader, social worker, teacher and black woman in South Africa.
These tales explore the complex life of contemporary black South Africa through the traditional form of story-telling. But the stories themselves are not traditional parables. They illustrate clearly and simply the consequences of racism, and the legal apparatus that enforces it. Not every grandmother, she remarks wryly, can claim that she had better educational opportunities than her grandchildren. And, true to life, not all her stories are resolved happily.