A Life's Mosaic: The Autobiography of Phyllis Ntantala by Phyllis Ntantala

By Phyllis Ntantala

"Like Trotsky, i didn't depart domestic with the proverbial one-and-six in my pocket. I come from a kin of landed gentry . . . [and] can have selected the trail of convenience and protection, for even in apartheid South Africa, there's nonetheless that direction if you will collaborate. yet I selected the trail of fight and uncertainty."--from the PrefaceBorn into the small social elite of black South Africa, Phyllis Ntantala didn't face the grinding poverty so ordinary to different South African blacks. in its place, her fight used to be that of an artistic, articulate girl looking achievement and justice in a land that attempted to disclaim her both.The widow of Xhosa author and historian A.C. Jordan and mom of African nationwide Congress chief Z. Pallo Jordan, she and her relations skilled a interval of large switch in South Africa and likewise within the usa, the place they moved through the Sixties. She discovers similarities within the international locations, together with the boldness of power.Anchored in background and tradition, A Life's Mosaic sharply unearths the area and the folks of South Africa. because the tale of a political exile, it represents the dislocations that experience brought on common soreness within the moment 1/2 the 20th century. Phyllis Ntantala discusses the cruelty of racism, the cynicism of political suggestions, and the hopes of these who dwell in either an international of exile and a global of goals.

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Tata and Edwina Thandiwe Mgudlwa were mar- ― 52 ― ried early in December, the end of his second year of widowhood. It was a big wedding, both at Qhumanco and at home.

To lose a parent is a very traumatic experience for children. It can make or destroy them, depending on their ages and where they live. We were fortunate in our case for we had Tata, loving, patient, understanding, generous, tolerant. Tata played, as much as is humanly possible, the role of father and mother towards us. Even in our case the loss of a mother affected us profoundly, perhaps not so adversely for Ntangashe and me, as we had to learn quite early in our life how to cope, fend for ourselves and, above all, how to close ranks.

Looking at Ntangashe's Standard 2 English reader and recognising the picture accompanying the lesson 'A Garden in a Plate', I would read to Mama the first sentence and translate it as Ntangashe did: 'Ha! Ha! ' 'Qhokoyi! Mntan' entankumba! Ngubani owakhe wabona igadi esepleytini? My favourites were 'The Roll Call' in Somhlophe's Standard 4 reader and 'The Soldier's Reprieve' in the same book. ' as the President did. ' 'My brother, Sir. ' Then the President: 'Oh yes! I remember. ' To this very day I am very sentimental when I hear the chorus 'Good Morrow to My Lady Fair', for I sang it with Mama and Somhlophe, before I went to school.

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