Hatred, revenge and romance pervade the lives of normal people stuck in a dark vacuum as they find themselves haunted by experiences in war. Dealing with insurmountable post-war trauma left behind by the atrocities of conflict, they try to get on with their lives with courage and resilience in Mr. DH’s novel “Boulli Beef.”
The Venter Family suffered in the Second Boer War in South Africa, witnessing unimaginable horrors but enduring to the end. After the cessation of hostilities, however, they find themselves struggling with the long-term effects of war. Danny is a down-to-earth, modest husband and father. Christina seeks revenge against those who brought fear and harm into her life. Hettie, 14 years of age, learns that life is not as kind as it was supposed to be as she struggles to push through the emotional and spiritual damage of a war she could barely understand. Sobuza, a Swazi royal saved by Danny, is hated by his own brother. He wonders if the far-reaching shadow of the war had reached his homeland and if he could ever be normal again. Poignant, illuminating and emotionally stirring, “Boulli Beef” is a study of the human soul and just how far a person could go when fate tests the balance of life.
This novel deals with the many shades of darkness at the heart of human nature: hatred, revenge, anger and grudge. As the characters struggle to climb out of the dark, they reach deep within in an endless search to find the powerful antidotes to the gloom: love, forgiveness and understanding.
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