THOSE WHO LIVE IN CAGES
by Terry-Ann Adams
Those Who Live in Cages captures an astonishingly intimate view of life in Eldorado Park, a Coloured township south of Johannesburg, through five women of various ages and circumstances – Bertha, Kaylynn, Laverne, Janice and Raquel.
These women lives’ connect as they attempt to do the most important thing: survive another day in “The Park”. Written like diary entries each woman tells her own story, depicting true to life experiences. At times they feel they exist on the fringe of society, feeling hopeful and hopeless, whilst sharing bonds and hardships amongst their families and community.
Exceptionally well written with some of the ladies ‘talking’ only in English, whilst others are only in Afrikaans, Terry-Ann Adams has perfected the nuances of the Coloured community’s language, creating characters that you can actually believe you know. Her ladies are so vividly portrayed one finds themselves trying to talk to them, weep with them and laugh with them. Almost a social history, this book entertains as well as creates a window into the lives of others.
ISBN 978 1 4314 3014 7 Published by Jacana