Die verhaal van Pieternella, dogter van die Deense sjirurgyn Pieter van Meerhoff en van die Hottentottin Krotoa Eva, wat na Robbeneiland verban is Teen hul sin word die veertienjarige Pieternella en haar jonger broer, Salomon, na voogouers op Mauritius gestuur n ontstuimige seereis wat die aanloop is van baie ontberinge Di historiese roman gee n nuwe perspektief op die wrede vroe geskiedenis van Robbeneiland, asook van die destydse strafkolonie Mauritius Pieternella van die Kaap is die resultaat van drie jaar se intensiewe navorsing


10 thoughts on “Pieternella van die Kaap

  1. Chrisl Chrisl says:

    Revisiting my HF Africa taggees, looking for re reads If you haven t read Dalene Matthee, this is my second favorite by her As first reads, Matthee s worlds were eye opening cultural historical stuff Here s a review copied from Play.Google Pieternella, Daughter of Eva opens in the early days of the first white settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, beneath the shadow of Table Mountain, with the Dutch East India Company clinging precariously to a little piece of land Robben Island in Tabl Revisiting my HF Africa taggees, looking for re reads If you haven t read Dalene Matthee, this is my second favorite by her As first reads, Matthee s worlds were eye opening cultural historical stuff Here s a review copied from Play.Google Pieternella, Daughter of Eva opens in the early days of the first white settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, beneath the shadow of Table Mountain, with the Dutch East India Company clinging precariously to a little piece of land Robben Island in Table Bay Eva was one of the first interpreters and intermediaries between her Goringhaicona tribe and the Dutch, and Pieternella s father was Pieter van Meerhoff, the Company surgeon who was murdered by slave dealers in Madagascar Pieternella and her siblings were among the first mixed race children born at the Cape and their lives are a manifestation of a sentiment often expressed by Matthee in this novel that life can consist of heaven and hell rolled up together in one bundle After her mother s sudden and untimely death, the orphaned Pieternella and her brother Salomon are sent to the hurricane and drought afflicted Mauritius, a penal colony at the time, to work as slaves to foster parents Pieternella barely survives the exhausting sea voyage and a premature marriage becomes her salvation Pieternella remains attached to the memory of her mother and is full of turbulent emotions about how she is both brown and white in the same body What will her children look like Is she really only half human, as she has so scornfully been told Will she ever come to terms with who she is and find the peace and comfort she yearns for Through this remarkable true story, which took three years of intensive research into old journals, diaries and historical records, Matthee has resurrected and breathed new life into the early history of the Cape, and Robben Island and Mauritius the isles of banishment She skilfully balances the elements of Pieternella s life love and shame for her mother, the impersonal might of the Company versus one individual, and a slave who is freer than a free woman She allows the historically misunderstood Eva finally to come into her own through the eyes of her clever, sensitive daughter


  2. Rita van Eck Rita van Eck says:

    A story inspired by true events, beautifully told from the young, female protagonist s perspective Spanning a few generations, family drama, colonial racism, identity crisis , strong women, and the harsh everyday life in the 17th century make up the bulk themes of this novel.Matthee really captures her audience and you can feel yourself connecting with the charactersandwith every chapter The historical setting makes Pieternella van die Kaap a history book that you actually want to A story inspired by true events, beautifully told from the young, female protagonist s perspective Spanning a few generations, family drama, colonial racism, identity crisis , strong women, and the harsh everyday life in the 17th century make up the bulk themes of this novel.Matthee really captures her audience and you can feel yourself connecting with the charactersandwith every chapter The historical setting makes Pieternella van die Kaap a history book that you actually want to read Highly recommended


  3. Ronel Mick Ronel Mick says:

    It is a journey of love, passion for life, strong women and their constant strive to keep a family happy, alive and healthy Truly a gem to read.


  4. Ruth Ruth says:

    Wonderful introduction to South Africa and the coming of the Hollanders.


  5. Fay Fay says:

    Pieternella van die Kaap has been translated into English The title has been changed to Pieternella Daughter of Eva Just as the translated title is incorrect so, in my opinion, is the translation of the book Although the book is well researched the translation is too literal and simplistic.


  6. Mariette Mariette says:

    Ek het die boek baie geniet en het terselfdertyd baie van osn geskiedenis daarin te wete gekom, aangesien Dalene Matthee goed navrosing gedoen het.


  7. Margitte Margitte says:

    Die navorsing vir die boek het verstommende feite aan die leserspubliek bekendgestel van die slawebedryf die intrige en empatie, die harde lewe Briljante boek


  8. Charl Cowley Charl Cowley says:

    Ek verag die pas van hierdie boek, maar Dalene Matthee het n diep plek in my hart Ek kan nie anders as om vier sterre te gee vir die menslikheid en smaakvolheid waarmee sy hierdie verhaal neergepen het nie.