A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa

By Dominique Lapierre
Translated by Kathryn Spink
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

8.73 Hours 11/02/2009 unabridged
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In 1652, a small group of Dutch farmers landed on the southernmost tip of Africa. Sent by the powerful Dutch India Company, their mission was simply to grow vegetables and supply ships rounding the cape. The colonists, however, were convinced by their strict Calvinist faith that they were among God’s “elect,” chosen to rule over the continent. Their bloody, ferocious, and fervent saga would culminate three centuries later in one of the greatest tragedies of history: the establishment of a racist regime in which a white minority would subjugate and victimize millions of blacks—apartheid. This poisonous system would only end with the liberation of one of the moral giants of our time, Nelson Mandela. An international bestseller that has been praised throughout Europe, A Rainbow in the Night is Dominique Lapierre’s epic account of South Africa’s tragic history and the heroic men and women—famous and obscure, white and black, European and African—who have, with their blood and tears, brought to life the country that is today known as the Rainbow Nation.

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A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2010

In 1652, a small group of Dutch farmers landed on the southernmost tip of Africa. Sent by the powerful Dutch India Company, their mission was simply to grow vegetables and supply ships rounding the cape. The colonists, however, were convinced by their strict Calvinist faith that they were among God’s “elect,” chosen to rule over the continent. Their bloody, ferocious, and fervent saga would culminate three centuries later in one of the greatest tragedies of history: the establishment of a racist regime in which a white minority would subjugate and victimize millions of blacks—apartheid. This poisonous system would only end with the liberation of one of the moral giants of our time, Nelson Mandela.

An international bestseller that has been praised throughout Europe, A Rainbow in the Night is Dominique Lapierre’s epic account of South Africa’s tragic history and the heroic men and women—famous and obscure, white and black, European and African—who have, with their blood and tears, brought to life the country that is today known as the Rainbow Nation.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“South Africa’s tragic apartheid history is vividly recounted…Lapierre has a knack for bringing history alive…[He] has a good story to tell, and he is adept at infusing it with drama aplenty…Lapierre has dug wide and deep.” Los Angeles Times
“Lapierre takes a cinematic approach to history, adorning key events with narrative reconstructions and liberal swathes of high drama…Prepare to be swept away.” Johannesburg Times
“Dominique Lapierre raises the curtain on the history of South Africa…A sublime epic full of terrible dramas.” Le Point magazine (France)
“History by a man who knows how to write history.” San Diego Union Tribune
“Harrowing…dramatic…absorbing.” Publishers Weekly
“Narrator Stefan Rudnicki’s deep voice rumbles with an announcer-like resonance as he reads the encyclopedic introduction without animation. However, with the appearance of important characters like black activist Nelson Mandela and white supporter Helen Lieberman, Rudnicki becomes more charismatic. Delivering the author’s inspiring narrative, his voice portrays the opposing emotions of both the inhuman cruelties experienced by the downtrodden and the proud excitement of Dr. Christiaan Barnard’s first-ever heart transplant. Because of the universality of ethnic struggle, this audiobook would make an excellent resource for students of human rights.” AudioFile
“A concise, up-to-date account that beautifully translates to audio.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A highly readable, detailed overview…Lapierre’s presentation of the horrific facts of official racism is riveting.” Booklist
“Dynamic…The author peoples his narrative with vivid stories of individuals, black and white, who shaped the history of the land that was to become South Africa…The author’s focus on individuals makes for an engaging, easy-to-read story.” Kirkus Reviews
“[Rudnicki’s] deep, resonant voice and dramatic reading engages the listeners from the very first words as he narrates the details of the bloody and horrific birth of a nation.” SoundCommentary.com

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Author

Author Bio: Dominique Lapierre

Dominique Lapierre was for many years senior reporter and editor for Paris Match. He is the author of several earlier books published in France, some of them based on his knowledge of the United States, where he attended Lafayette College and where his father served with the French diplomatic service.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English