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Big Dan's Sofie

SKU: T8688
Big Dan’s Sofie is the first offering of a trilogy. A gentle absorbing read that tells the story of how one woman’s dedication, perseverance and belief changed the course of a family. It also shows in contrast how despite her efforts, the community lacked

Big Dan’s Sofie is the first offering of a trilogy. A gentle absorbing read that tells the story of how one woman’s dedication, perseverance and belief changed the course of a family. It also shows in contrast how despite her efforts, the community lacked the vision to move forward.

Big Dan’s Sofie is a poignant tale of family and compassion against the setting of the woodcutter’s lives in the Knysna forest. It tells the story of Sofie, a woman born into abject poverty with no prospect of marriage. The story takes place during the period 1935 to 1945 when Sofie goes to work for Big Dan, a forester whose wife is terminally ill. She takes care of his neglected children and raises her own level of education while helping them with their homework.

After his wife dies, Big Dan finds himself increasingly drawn to Sofie and her tender yet straightforward ways. Eventually they fall in love and get married. Despite her simple background, Sofie manages to draw a deeply complicated family together with wisdom and understanding beyond her upbringing. She tackles the prejudices of her fellow villagers with veracity and brutal honesty, and constantly demonstrates that grace and wisdom are the products of character and not social standing.

About the Author
Keith Cornelis-Britz
was shortlisted for the European Union Literary Award prize for 2008/2009. He currently lives in Cape Town and Big Dan’s Sofie is his first novel.

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Parameters of Book: Book
Author: Keith Cornelis-Britz
ISBN: 9781770098688
d-PDF ISBN: 9781431400577
Size (mm): 212x136mm
Pages: 200pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: 2010-10-20