By Nadine Gordimer
Toby Hood, a tender Englishman, shuns the politics and the motives his liberal mom and dad passionately aid. dwelling in Johannesburg as a consultant of his family's publishing corporation, Toby strikes simply, carelessly, among the complacent prosperous white suburbs and the seething, vibrantly alive black townships. His acquaintances contain a wide selection of individuals, from mining administrators to black reporters and musicians, and Toby's colonial-style weekends are usually interspersed with clandestine evenings spent in black shanty cities. Toby's friendship with Steven Sithole, a rushing, embittered younger African, touches him in methods he by no means idea attainable, and while Steven's personal feel of independence from the foundations of society results in tragedy, Toby's lifestyles is modified eternally.
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And when he passed before the Ark with the blessings for the new month and for impending salvation, he added a curse to the blessing and shouted at the top of his voice, But not through the wicked heretics in our time. And because he feared lest the Holy-One-Blessed-Be-He didn’t know the Holy tongue, he translated his words into Yiddish, Di epikorsim vus zaanen in inzere tsaatn. The train reached Cracow, a metropolis with everything in it. Here is an observatory where you see the stars of the sky in their orbits, and here is the grave of the RaMA, Rabbi Moses Isserlish of blessed memory along with the graves of other great Jews.
But when he heard their talk, his awe of them departed and he saw himself more distinguished than they, for they were traveling for their imaginary existence and he was traveling to the Land of Israel. He felt the letters and was glad as if he held a banknote hidden in his hand. The train went on, sometimes fast and sometimes slow, swallowing between its wheels places whose names he had never even 13 14 ͉ Prologue heard of. How many cities there are in the world. There must be a need for them. But Isaac has no need for them.
But a great turmoil rises from the city. A lot of people are here, and among all those many people, not a single one pays heed to Isaac. Isaac walks around in the markets of Trieste, in one hand his sack and in the other hand his valise. The sweet sun he left three days ago in his hometown had grown old before its time. Spring it was when Isaac left his hometown and here it is summer. Endless sweat drips from his forehead and all his limbs are weary. Where will he go and where will he turn and where will he buy a ticket here for a trip to the Land of Israel?
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