The Calling of Katie Makanya by Margaret McCord
A Memoir of South Africa

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The winner of South Africa's prestigious Sunday Times/Alan Paton prize, this moving, illuminating memoir chronicles the life of an extraordinary woman in South Africa who was born in 1873 in colonial South Africa and lived through the early years of apartheid to her death in 1955. The story of Katie Makanya opens a window to a side of South African life seldom recorded, examining South Africa's patriarchal culture, customs, community traditions, poverty and hardships. Spanning two centuries and set in South Africa's major cities and towns, this memoir encompasses epoch-making events from the Boer War to the World Wars to the transition from colonialism to apartheid.

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MARGARET McCORD grew up in South Africa knowing Katie Makanya, who asked her to record this true story.
Published April 25, 1997 by Wiley. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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A moving, beautifully told account of an ordinary, yet extraordinary, life in South Africa.

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This life story of a black South African woman who died in 1955 at age 83 recently won major prizes in South Africa. Indeed, for South African readers, Makanya's story restores dignity and identity to

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