Waiting For The Rain

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This may disappoint some readers, but given the reality of the situation, it makes perfect sense. While much has been written about apartheid-era South Africa, I haven't been able to find much in the way of literature aimed at young adults Beverley Naidoo is a notable exception; if anyone knows any others, please let me know. I recommend this book to them older onesas well as to others who want to learn more about life during apartheid. It's heartbreaking at times, but it does make one think deeply about friendship, as well as seeing the world as it really is.

View 2 comments. What interests me most about Waiting for the Rain is not the plot serviceable, but predictable or the characters again serviceable, but leaning towards cardboard but the original publication date:several years before apartheid fell. Gordon was raised in South Africa but, at the time of publication, had lived elsewhere for quite some time. She was in a better position than many to write about apartheid e.

Or did she view herself as something more akin to the whites who left South Africa rather than be conscripted into the army? Does it matter? I mentioned that the characters sometimes feel a bit like cardboard. Gordon was writing for an American audience, youth who were unlikely to know much about South Africa, and as such these characters are very clearly made for their roles.

Tengo is the studious character who has Waiting For The Rain trapped his whole life by apartheid; Frikkie is the well-off Afrikaner destined to run a farm and hold power over numerous black farmworkers. Tengo's cousin Joseph is interesting—I thought at first that he would be the 'bad' counterpoint to Tengo, the person who rebels violently to show the reader that rebelling quietly, through books, is better.

He does end up being a more balanced character than that, but I wonder if the book ends on the uncertain note that it does because Gordon could not—of course—predict the exact timeline or structure of the end of apartheid. Plenty of good things here. Frikkie is not depicted as a bad person, but it's clear from the very beginning Waiting For The Rain he and Tengo are on different planes, that their lives and expectations for their lives are very different and that Frikkie has never questioned this.

He really doesn't question this as the book goes on, and in a way I appreciate that: it doesn't make me like Frikkie, particularly, but it seems realistic. Why would he want to question a system that has always given him everything he wanted? The ending was quite predictable not the exact details Waiting For The Rain that that kind of interaction was comingbut I'd rather have this more ambiguous, neither-character-wins-over-the-other ending than one in which good triumphs unilaterally see again re: realistic.

Was a really great book but took a long time to actually get interesting. The last two chapters were sooo intense but in my opinion the ending kind of sucked. It was a good read though, I enjoyed it.

Jan 09, Samantha rated it it was amazing. I loved this book when I read it in 7th grade. It is very moving. About the apartheid in South Africa. This is what I wrote for my project about the book.

We could pick anything from this giant list of projects and I chose to analyze the title. I know that it is very simplistic but remember that it was 7th grade but I thought that it was good at the time and my teacher liked it so I thought that I would share with you all. The firs t of which is literally. Waiting for the rain could just mean that there were people waiting for rain. In the book, the dam is drying up because of four years of a drought. There would be no water to use for the crops or animals.

This would cause many people to lose a lot of money. Although the author could have just thought that the drought was important, there could have been a deeper meaning. Another way to think of this title is that the drought represented apartheid.

The drought was meant to end when apartheid was over. The rain would come to help the farm owners - when they were both black and white. It was as if the author used Mother Nature to represent all the war and suffering.

It was saying - if the blacks have to suffer, then so do the whites. The title could have also been about the relationship between Frikkie and Tengo. When they were young, they did not worry about the color of their skin and they were friends no matter what. In this time, there was lots of rain and everything was green. Then, when Tengo stopped talking to Frikkie and started worrying about apartheid, the rain stopped coming.

Just as their friendship did. Last is that bullets could represent the rain. Waiting for the rain could really mean waiting for the war. The war on apartheid was bound to happen. Everyone was just waiting. The whites wanted to stall it and the blacks wanted it to happen. Pretty soon a shower of bullets would come. As you can see, there are many meanings that can be given to a title. We never know what the author is really saying by a title. You all should have seen the giant mess of a web I drew planning that essay.

What fun. Feb 01, Kerstin rated it it was ok. I read this book to see if it would be a good choice for my high school students to read. I was encouraged because it was about apartheid in South Africa and I'm always looking for culturally diverse texts for my students to experience. However, I was extremely disappointed as it tried to "balance" the white struggle with the black struggle.

I found this inexcusable. There is no such thing as equality between these vastly opposing power differentials. Ultimately, you are left with the I read this book to see if it would be a good choice for my high school students to read. Ultimately, you are left with the rightful feeling that what the black population was forced to go through was abhorrent. But, Sheila Gordon still wants us to feel for the white characters and how hard it was for them to even think about giving up the power they had stolen in the first place.

We are asked to have pity for the white main character who never "saw" the inequality right in front of him, who never thought the Waiting For The Rain differential was a problem.

I'm sorry. Jun 25, Christa rated it really liked it. I saw this book used as an academic novel in a 7th grade English class, but thought it could very well also be used in a Social Studies class. It gets into the troubled history of South Africa without the complicated prose of Alan Paton's Cry, The Beloved Country, making it much more accessible to this age group.

Sep 21, Jessica rated it it was amazing. Everyone in my English class hated this book, but I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! View 1 comment.

Apr 09, Heather rated it it was amazing. Tengo is black, Frikkie is white. They are childhood friends in apartheid South Africa. As Tengo grows, he wants to get an education and be something other than a low-paid farmhand.

Frikkie just wants to run the farm and is taught by his family to be racist while thinking he is not racist because he does things like giving cast-offs to the blacks this rang very true to me as I have met white South Africans today with that exact attitude.

Time passes and protests and things begin to happen in t Tengo is black, Frikkie is white. Time passes and protests and things begin to happen in the years before the end of apartheid. I recommend it to middle school age kids learning about apartheid.

Aug 16, Jenni Heins rated it it was amazing. Might help that I'm somewhat historical event-challenged and love books like this to refresh my memory or develop my knowledge. But I couldn't put this down Found interesting the comment by Tengo that "no other country was having the same oppression" paraphrase I wondered if Sheila Gordon was thinking of an American audience when Waiting For The Rain wrote that thought or if she viewed South Africa's situation as so much worse.

Jul 30, Nancy rated it liked it Shelves: prejudicehistorical-fictioncultures. Sad that this sort of thing took place in such recent history in an African nation, no less. He is a white Afrikaner and spends his school holidays at his uncle's farm, playing soccer and running around with Tengo.

He wants everything to stay the same and does not accept change. Oom Koos is the Oubaas, a senior, of the farm. He is Frikkie's uncle and oversees everything that goes on in the farm. He does not want the black protesters to gain power. Tant Sannie is Frikkie's aunt and Oom Koos's wife. She thinks education is wasted on blacks, and is appalled by the idea of Tengo going to school in Johannesburg. Selina is Tengo's mother. She does much of the housekeeping for Tant Sannie, such as washing the dishes and clothes, and preparing food for Oom Koos and Tant Sannie.

Timothy is Tengo's father. He is the boss-boy of the farm which means he was appointed by Oom Koos to manage the farm.

Tandi is Tengo's sister. She is constantly sick [has tuberculosis] and stays in the kraal. Joseph is Tengo's cousin he is fourteen in Part One. He is the first one to introduce the reality of apartheid to Tengo, and later appears as a crucial turning point in Tengo's decisions about his life. Sissie is Frikkie's sister who cannot abide life on the farm. She has been taught to accept apartheid. Constantly bothers Tengo to make him feel more like a servant. Real name is Henrietta. Gilbert is a white liberal who tutors Tengo to help him pass his matriculation exams and get to college.

Appears in Part Two.


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