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The Conservationist
The Conservationist
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects. His wife, son, and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewardship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm.
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ISBN-13: 9780140047165
ISBN-10: 0140047166
Publication Date: 2/24/1983
Pages: 272
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Publisher: Penguin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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The protagonist, at the beginning, is referred to merely as he. Eventually he gets a name. He is a businessman, but also owns a large farm that is managed for him by a tenant farmer. I got half-way through before I bogged down and threw in the towel. To me it became rambling, disconnected, and downright boring. I leave this one for the critics, die-hards, and pedants.