Buried in their Books

Words & Photography: Mia van der Merwe

Mia van der Merwe asks the locals of Grahamstown what their favourite books are and which characters they’d be?

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Hancu Louw / Journalism Masters student
Favourite book: “Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac”
Any character you’d love to be: “Captain Marlow in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness”


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Godfrey Meintjes / Lecturer of Afrikaans & Netherlandic Studies and Modern Fiction
Favourite book: “A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel”
Any character you’d love to be: “I do not want be any character in a fictional text. I am a person; and characters are textual entities which generates meanings”.


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Mika Rae / Afrikaans and English Literature student
Favourite book: “Skagboys by Irvine Welsh”
Any character you’d love to be: “Mila Joubert in Wegkomkans by Marita van der Vyver, because she is one of the strongest female characters I’ve ever encountered”


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Taz Hermans / Owner of the knitting and crafts store, In the loop
Favourite book: “The World According to Garp by John Irving”
Any character you’d love to be: “Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series”


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Mikaela Erskrog/ Politics Honours student
Favourite book: “Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks”
Any character you’d love to be: “Lucy Pevensie from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”


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Happy Nkonki/ Law student
Favourite book: “Odyssey to Freedom by George Bizos”
Any character you’d love to be: “I mostly read biographies for inspiration to write my own book one day; so I guess I’d like to be myself in my own future biography”


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Martha Soteriades/ Journalism Masters student
Favourite book: “Darkmans by Nicola Barker”
Any character you’d love to be: “Susan Sto Helit from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. She’s clever, tough and determined which I would like to think I am too”.


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Tuscany Parkin/ Politics and Law student
Favourite book: “Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë”
Any character you’d love to be: “Galadriel from Lord of the Rings”.