“The Promise”, by Damon Galgut – 2021 Booker Prize Winner

The Promise by Damon Galgut is a captivating read that captures the essence of life at a time straddling apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. 

This is a wonderful story of three siblings from a white family, with differing outlooks, as they navigate their way through the difficulties of life. 

Although never close-knit, their early lives are intertwined, but diverge as they grow older, eventually leading to a complicated web of betrayal and loss.

The Promise  explores characters’ emotions, providing stirring insight into the human experience. These narrative themes are an allegory for larger social issues that are present in South Africa. In particular, the novel’s compelling portrayal of moral decay shines a light on how the country’s peoples struggle in a diverse and challenging world.

Galgut’s quirky voice and brilliant use of language bring the reader close to each of the main characters, and place the reader on the spot.

The Promise is a powerful novel and a highly engaging read. I loved it, and I hope you will too. 

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