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The Way Of The Women. By Marlene van Niekerk, Little, Brown, €22.20

24th November, 2007

The Way Of The Women. By Marlene van Niekerk, Little, Brown, €22.20

Afflicted with motor neurone disease, 70-yearold Mi l la de Wet, an Afrikaner farmer, is suffering the slow death of creeping paralysis, her mind drifting between the past and present, the memories of a full life on her land contrasting bitterly with her current decrepitude.

Utterly dependent on her maidservant Agaat, her only way to communicate is though eye signals. Agaat has become...

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