A sharply observed new novel about post-apartheid South Africa from the Nobel Prize winner
Nadine Gordimer is one of our most telling contemporary writers. With each new work, she attacks—with a clear-eyed fierceness, a lack of sentimentality, and a deep understanding of the darkest depths of the human soul—her eternal themes: the inextricable link between personal and communal history; the inescapable moral ambiguities of daily life; the political and racial tensions that persist in her homeland, South Africa. And in each new work is fresh evidence of her literary genius: in the sharpness of her psychological insights, the stark beauty of her language, the complexity of her characters, and the difficult choices with which they are faced.
In No Time Like the Present, Gordimer trains her keen eye on Steve and Jabulile, an interracial couple living in a newly, tentatively, free South Africa. They have a daughter, Sindiswa; they move to the suburbs; Steve becomes a lecturer at a university; Jabulile trains to become a lawyer; there is another child, a boy this time. There is nothing so extraordinary about their lives, and yet, in telling their story and the stories of their friends and families, Gordimer manages to capture the tortured, fragmented essence of a nation struggling to define itself post-apartheid.
The subject is contemporary, but Gordimer's treatment is, as ever, timeless. In No Time Like the Present, she shows herself once again a master novelist, at the height of her prodigious powers.
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No Time Like the Present is not so much a novel about "selling out" as it is about sanely navigating around the pitfalls of normalcy; about remaining committed without fossilizing into a zealot.Read Full Review of No Time Like the Present | See more reviews from NPR
NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT is a reminder of what fiction can be: complex, committed and thoroughly absorbing.Read Full Review of No Time Like the Present
Nadine Gordimer continues to write some of the – if not the – most nuanced, attentive and vibrant political novels in English. She forcefully, yet never didactically, reminds...readers of the freedoms and privileges so many of us take for granted.Read Full Review of No Time Like the Present | See more reviews from Globe and Mail
...her free-style, high-velocity storytelling delivers a visceral immediacy and intensity that lets us inhabit the minds, and share the views, of her characters with the minimum of novelistic fuss.Read Full Review of No Time Like the Present
The novel seems to have been written in great haste, without correction or revision. Gordimer writes an artless, jargon-ridden, run-on prose, full of political pamphlet languageRead Full Review of No Time Like the Present
"No Time Like the Present" is Gordimer's best novel since her first, "The Lying Days," written in 1953.Read Full Review of No Time Like the Present
Even the most seasoned students of South African culture might find themselves at sea, so what about the less informed?Read Full Review of No Time Like the Present
It sometimes reads like notes taken in haste. Such complexity will put off many readers, who may struggle to get through this novel.Read Full Review of No Time Like the Present
At some point I realized that what had been an intelligent pleasure had turned into a slog.Read Full Review of No Time Like the Present
...the way Gordimer tells this story makes the book an important artifact, perhaps even an important literary artifact, but, for me at least, it didn’t make the book an excellent piece of fiction.Read Full Review of No Time Like the Present
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