Overview of history
History sets in South Africa. In this story, Peter describes Abraham apartheid by following the life of Xuma, a villager who seeks a better life. Xuma lived first in the Malaysian camp, where he was offered accommodation by Leah on his first night in the city. After getting a job, he moves to his own house in Vrededorp.
Leah earned his residence by selling illegal pier. There was also Dladla, who was bitter about Leah, who ruled him and betrayed her to the police. Lea found out, but before she could handle Dladla, he was found dead in the bush that was stabbed in his back. Johannes, a strong well-built miner, was a skilled person who became brave and loud only when he was full.
Dad was never sober and died after being hit by a car. Xuma falls in love with Eliza. He constantly rejects Maisy who loves him.
But in the end, he accepts her and promises to marry her as soon as he gets out of jail when Eliza left him.
Leah is sent to prison after being caught red with the illegal brewing of the chopped police man named Foxen, who had tried to catch her for a long time. She had managed to escape the police's move by bribing some police officers who kept her informed.
John and his white boss Chris died under the mine as they tried to prevent it from collapsing. Paddy, Xuma's boss is sitting in black and is arrested when an uprising breaks into the mine. Xuma flies, but surrenders later to the police station.
CHAPTER WITH CHAPTER SUMMARY OF THE BOOK
It was three o'clock in the morning when a man arrived at a town on a narrow street. The whole city was in the dark. He wondered where he was. Suddenly, he saw a woman at a door standing in the dark.
He moved closer and asked her if he could get a place to rest and drink.
The woman asked him if he had just told the man he had no one. She inquired further to know his name. The man identified himself as Xuma, forming the north. After speaking for sometime, the woman left light. She returned without notice.
From the door hit a beam of powerful torch on Xuma with a voice calling him to come. He followed the beam of light and the woman into a room where he met three men and an old woman. The woman introduced Xuma to the people and asked Ma Plank to give him food. Xuma learned to know Dladla, a man fond of playing with a knife. Xuma saw a knife in Dladla's hand. However, Xuma carefully put his bundle on the table and walked around a long bench.
Dladla raised the knife and showed his teeth. Lea ordered Dladla to give her the knife, but he refused with a plea in his voice. Later he lowered his eyes and gave her the knife.
Dad showed dissatisfaction with Leah. Xuma's food was brought to him by Ma Plank.
While Dladla and Ma Plank went out, the silent man expressed his suspicion and asked, "How do we know if he's not from the police?" Leah, however, was optimistic about Xuma's identity.
She identified the man as her husband's brother. Leah's husband was in prison to kill a man trying to kiss her.
There was no work in the north. That's what brought Xuma into town to work. However, he was interested in working in the mines.
Leah took his time to tell him about the dangers of working in the mines and tried to convince him to work with her, but Xuma refused.
Xuma was finally given a place to sleep, but he found it difficult to sleep because he was tired.
When Xuma woke up the next day, he met the house empty. But he was among a crowd who formed a ring outside, and his father jumped and shouted at the top of his voice. Two women, Lena and Drunk Liz, were also grounded in a battle.
Xuma pushed himself through the roaring crowd who wanted to get away. But he heard a voice shout "stop it". He turned around and it was Leah. When she came to the stage, Lena (the thin dark woman) was on top of
Drunk Liz, who was fat and pale. Lea walked through the crowd and took the thin woman up and threw her away from the fat one. The crowd grumbled yet nobody could speak to the hearing. Leah challenged the crowd to fight, but they broke in silence and went away.
Lea picked up the thin woman who was severely injured in the yard. She was followed by Xuma and Daddy. When he entered the house, a father brought a bag and spread it in the shadow of Leah to put the woman on.
Lea prepared food and they ate. She saw the father in the yard and called him to come and tell Xuma about the usual city. Dad spoke drunkenly about the sperm and the city. After he had finished, he took a sack and spread it a little away, stretched out and slept. Soon it started to rain. Xuma went into the yard and saw the three sleeping people.
In the house, Lea sang a song full of happiness and laughter. Xuma went back into the house and saw Joseph, the brother of Leah's husband. Lea asked Joseph to take Xuma to see the market. On the market, Joseph and Xuma saw many people on the street. One street was crowded like another. The people were in their colorful clothes with a lot of money to spend. The big men among them had singled and sometimes fought to determine who is the strongest.
Joseph and Xuma stopped at a corner and saw the audience across. A little further up the road saw the two colored men in battle. In addition, there were two "swankies" on their way down the road. A crowd of bright and scary people followed them.
Suddenly a pickup truck swung around the corner. Politicians ran out and ran down the street. The audience spread apart from the colored people who claimed they had not done anything. But Joseph warned them that the police would not ask them.
A policeman, ten yards away, came straight to Xuma. But Xuma waited because he had not done anything. The policeman came closer, raised his stick, but missed Xuma's head and struck his left shoulder. Xuma whispered and smashed the police man repeatedly until the police collapsed.
Xuma looked around and saw the police carriage still far away, but two police officers closed him, so he decided to run.
The two colored men entered the road. Xuma felt afraid to run and knock two men at the same time was impossible. But an amazing thing happened, the other colored man knocked the first down and ran down the street, waving Xuma to follow him. Xuma followed him into a house. The colored man locked the door and flopped down in a chair that breathed heavily.
Man's woman entered the room, and Xuma noted surprisingly that she was black. She expressed her disappointment at Xuma to beat the police.
Finally, when Xuma asked to leave, the men's woman was aware that he was not sure he left.
Xuma came out and found the street free of trouble, but it was difficult for him to find his house. He saw the fat Drunk Liz touching his shoulder to ask her about the direction of Leah's house. The woman looked at him with soft eyes and shook his head and refused to help him.
Xuma met father who thought he was in jail. Dad was drunk, but he went in to take Xuma to Leah's house if he just (Xuma) would buy him another drink. At the house, the old Ma Plank sat over a big tub on the yard and in the kitchen was Joseph, who was busy. Joseph was happy to see Xuma. Lea entered the house; She grabbed Xuma and hugged him.
They stood on the corner and waited. Lea continued to look up the street that crossed the one where they stood. After ten minutes a black policeman came down on a cycle and stopped. Lea smiled and figured five pound banknotes from her leather bag and gave them to the policeman.
Leah led the way through the courtyard to the door at the far end of the farm. She introduced Xuma to a girl they met in the house. Xuma asked the girl's name, who said she was called Eliza.
Eliza asked Xuma to help her lift a machine. Xuma jumped up and grabbed the sewing machine, but he felt a sharp punch in his shoulder. Eliza found a bottle of ointment and rubbed it on where Xuma had pain.
She gave him a cigarette and looked at his face and laughed. Xuma turned and saw huge tower-shaped figures almost in the sky. He asked and asked what they were. Eliza answered and said "it's mine dumps". Xuma shifted her eyes from the mining pump to Eliza and longed for her.
All that evening people drank at Leah's place. Xuma and Eliza returned and saw more people crowded at Lea's place.
Dladla attacked Xuma with a knife who blamed him to steal his wife and gave him a shot on his face. Eliza took Xuma into a room and washed his bloody face. They returned and found a doctor who got Xuma's face.
The streets were empty after being crowded on Saturday. Xuma and John walked up and down the empty street. They left Johannesburg behind them, and in front of them they were minimal damp peaks. They finally found themselves in the mines.
For Xuma the day was strange. Stranger than any day he had ever known. There was shaking noise and shouting and explosions and the earth's quake. Xuma was scared.
When the whistle blew for the workers to stop working for food, one of the men called Nana, Xuma, was eating with him. He shared his food and gave Xuma half. When they were done, Nana stretched out on the ground and slept.
The men who had gone underground that morning came up. Xuma saw them coming and shading their eyes to the light. Xuma asked Nana if it's dark underground. But Nana laughed at Xuma.
Xuma quickly looked up when he heard John's voice. John had a confrontation with one of the white men. He called Xuma, who threw his shovel and followed him. Johannes took Xuma into the doctor.
Xuma stripped and lay on the long table. The doctor examined him while Chris and Paddy looked. John led the way to the laundry for my boys. He pushed a couple of men out of the way, and the men made room for them.
They went in and washed and sat down to Malay Camp.
When they came to Leah's place, a group of women left only, and Leah was at the gate and looked at them. Leah welcomed them. John entered the house and left Xuma and Leah outside to speak.
Leah told Xuma about life in the city. She said, "Living in the city, you must be hard and money must be your friend. With money you can buy a policeman, can you even buy someone to go to jail for you."
There was a long silence between them. Rosita, who lived across the road, had lit his gramophone and got on his porch. She called Leah from across.
Leah and Xuma were scared. They got up and went into the house.
Xuma was offered food, finished eating and leaving the room. He felt dissatisfied and unhappy. He walked on the porch and looked into the street. Maisy came out and joined him. At the corner of the street, under the light of the light a group of men and women formed a ring. And in the middle of the ring a pair danced and made signs as they mimicked.
Xuma and Maisy joined the ring. When they got home, Xuma sat on his bed and held his hands. He thought of Eliza for a while. He blew out the light and sat in the dark. As soon as he lit his cigarette, there was a knock at the door. He answered, and that was Elisha's voice.
Xuma had left Leah's place and lived in a room in Malay Camp for three months now. Eliza is now a devil in Xuma's blood and he did not want to go to Leah again to see Leah fear of meeting Eliza. When he was sitting alone, he wanted to see all the people he left at Leah, but for fear of Eliza he would not go.
It was Saturday night and despite the cold the streets were crowded. But it was not like it was the first Saturday when he had gone with Joseph. He walked up the street and walked towards the heart of Johannesburg. He approached Johannesburg's heart and the population grew fewer. There were now more white people and they were different. They were not his people, so he did not pay attention to what they did or said.
Xuma saw some cakes in a window and stopped to look at them. He felt a pressure on his shoulder, and when he turned around, it was a policeman. Without a word, Xuma gave his passport to the police for inspection. As the policeman goes, Xuma goes up the street. The crowd on the street was thick that it was difficult for Xuma to move among them. The only place where Xuma could be free was underground in mines. There he was a master and knew the way.
Xuma met her white husband, Paddy, who was with a woman. Paddy led Xuma a little down the street and showed him where he lived. Xuma looked around Paddy's house. He had never seen a place like that before. Paddy and Xuma sat down while the woman came in with three glasses. They raised their glasses and cheated Xuma. However, Xuma continued to think of Paddy's woman.
The atmosphere in Paddy's house made Xuma aware that he knows what Eliza wants. Paddy came in with food and when they had finished eating, they drank more wine. Xuma and Paddy talked about the mines. Paddy took things away. And Xuma forgot that they were white and even spoke to the woman.
On his return, Paddy asked her woman what she thought about Xuma. The woman replied "he's just a boy". The man and his woman argued a lot about Xuma when the woman spoke positively about Xuma. Paddy looked at her. His face cloudy. And Di got up and went into the kitchen, but the argument continued.
Xuma was pleased to be away from the two white people. It had been uncomfortable there. Only when he had been with the woman was he well. He crossed the street and traveled back to Malay Camp.
Eventually he left the heart of the city behind him.
He turned down Jeppe Street where he encountered people standing on the lower street. A man who was chased by the police has climbed a roof. The roof sloped steeply. A wrong move and the man would fall, either dead or broken body. Fear rose from the crowd. The man had lost his team and slowed down slowly. In a moment the man was in the room. Then he fell to the ground with a blunt tip. But the doctor was there to manage help.
The doctor tried to lift the man up, but could not. Xuma went ahead, but the policeman tightened his grip on his club and waved it from side to side. Xuma lifted the man. The first policeman put Xuma with his club. Xuma got up. His body trembled and bent his fist into a hard ball.
Xuma took the wounded man up to the doctor's car. The doctor asked for Xuma to go with him to help him.
At the other end of Malay Camp, the doctor came up. Between them, they led the man into a house. A colored woman met them at the door. They carried the man to the surgery where the doctor worked on the man. Xuma was sitting on a small chair and watched.
The wounded man was revived. The man expressed fear that the police would arrest him.
The doctor and Xuma left him when they went to a tea. The two men entered a room where Xuma felt like he had felt instead of the Red.
Emily reported that the wounded man had escaped through the window. The doctor got up and went to surgery while the others followed. The doctor spoke hard to Xuma. This caused Xuma to suffer evil. He was angry, but more anger he felt bad. He turned quickly and went to the door.
Source by Jonathan Tetteh Korletey