Hitler Verwoerd Mandela and me Writer journalist and occasional comedian Marianne Thamm recounts her unconventional life story with great honesty and humour Born to a German father and a Portuguese mother who had immigrated to Sou

  • Title: Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and me
  • Author: Marianne Thamm
  • ISBN: 9780624075202
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • Writer, journalist and occasional comedian Marianne Thamm recounts her unconventional life story with great honesty and humour.Born to a German father and a Portuguese mother who had immigrated to South Africa at the height of white rule, Marianne grew up tough amid Afrikaans neighbours in Pretoria s less salubrious suburbs Today, she is an outspoken feminist icon and theWriter, journalist and occasional comedian Marianne Thamm recounts her unconventional life story with great honesty and humour.Born to a German father and a Portuguese mother who had immigrated to South Africa at the height of white rule, Marianne grew up tough amid Afrikaans neighbours in Pretoria s less salubrious suburbs Today, she is an outspoken feminist icon and the delighted mother of two.Told in her inimitable, frank and funny voice, Marianne s memoir offers a poignant, often hilarious account of her complex relationship with her parents, her father in particular, and the ever present ghosts of history Her story of belonging, love and loss, set against the backdrops of Nazi Germany, apartheid, and a free South Africa, is deeply affecting, and filled with wisdom and hope.

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    1. Hitler, Verwoed, Mandela and Me by Marianne ThammI want to start off by saying that the title doesn’t have much to do with the three men although they were all on the periphery of her life.Celebrated columnist, sub editor of the Daily Maverick, stand up comic and author, Marianne Thamm writes about her life growing up as the daughter of a man who fought for Hitler in the youth league and made munitions for Verwoerd, and a largely illiterate Portuguese woman, her mother. She describes her passa [...]


    2. Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and me: A memoir of sorts by Marianne ThammThamm describes herself as “half-Portuguese, half-German, recovering Roman Catholic atheist lesbian immigrant”. She was born in England in 1961 to a German father, Georg (who was a POW at the time and had served under Hitler) and Barbara, a Portuguese woman. When still a young child her father is recruited by the South African Department of Defense to work on a classified project. They move to Pretoria, a suburb where she g [...]



    3. I resisted taking this book out. I'm not a fan of biographies and haven't much interest in the political. I had however seen Marianne Thamm in conversation at the CT book festival - she impressed me hugely - and a friend (Minette) spoke of it in glowing terms. I'm very glad I did. It is wonderful. Funny, self-deprecating and honest, it contains a few of those little nuggets that either make your eyes fill up or laugh out loud (or both at once!) . Here's one I particularly treasured: "In that sen [...]


    4. I thoroughly enjoyed Marianne Thamm’s sort-of-memoir. I learnt so much about Nazis and Verwoerd. I learnt about propaganda – something I never considered I might have been subjected to. This story opened a few windows in my mind and let some fresh air and new thoughts in. I read Marianne’s descriptions of her father’s last days soon after my mother’s last days, and my empathy was overwhelming. When I read about her job at Barclays in Sunnyside, I shared the details with my father, who [...]


    5. Enjoyed reading a South African experience through a different lens. As a young white South African Marianne seemed to struggle to find her place in the world from a very early age. This estrangement seems to be driven from her relationship with her German father (who fought with the Nazi's) and the South African political system that didn't make much sense to her. There were quite a few experiences that touched the heart and made me think about other people and how they interact with the world. [...]


    6. I really enjoyed this book and thought it got stronger and stronger as it progressed. It is a memoir (of sorts, the author says) of her childhood growing up in the height of Apartheid in Pretoria, with a German father (who was a pilot for the Luftwaffe) and a Portuguese mother. It is a coming of age story and beyond; about forging a personal and political identity. It is well written. Thamm is a well respected journalist and sometimes her writing slips into journalese - the better writing is whe [...]


    7. This book felt like it was printed on stone paper or card. It was just the heaviest thing, and therefore not very easy to move around. This lack of portability partly explains why it took so long to complete. But it also had the inadvertent effect of making me feel like the author was an old friend by the time I completed it - she felt like someone I had known for a long while. There’s no especial reason why I should like this book, except that it was a unique find. It may not be the best book [...]


    8. This memoir is strongest when focusing more intensely on particular relationships or specific events, rather than simply narrating a simple sequence of life events. When the focus is on, it's often moving, providing the reader with an intimate view of Tham's world.


    9. Beautifully written, poignant. Although there were sections where I wandered a little , the more personal parts grabbed me and would not allow me to stop reading, especially once the children were introduced. It was my era so much of the story reminded me of my own and I loved the familiarity of it. I would recommend this book to all.


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