In the heart of the country Book Summary and Study Guide

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Magda, a farmer in then colonial South Africa, is jealous of his old father's mistress, who also happens to be the servant Henrik's wife. So Magda writes this journal (this book) in which she lets her mind flow, describes the plans she makes to assasinate the concubine and cries for her frustrated desire of becoming a woman (she's never had a sexual experience being 50-something).
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In the midst of this stream of consciousness, she informs us of how she actually killed her father and had sexual encounters with servant Henrik. In the end of the story, she's lost her mind, alone in her home in the middle of nowhere.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   40's-50's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   White Enclave Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk!    -   Weiner talk! Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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