OVERVIEW OF THE STORY
The story takes place in South Africa. In this story, Peter Abraham is apartheid watching the life of Xu, a villager looking for a better life. Xuma first lived in a Malaysian camp where he was offered accommodation in the first night in the city.
After getting a job, he moved to his home in Vrededorp.
Leah was making a living by selling illicit cooking. There was also Dladla, who was burning when Lea checked him and handed it to the police. Leah learned of it, but before she could deal with Dladla, the dead man was found in the bushes in her ass. Johannes, a strong well-placed miner, was a shy person who became courageous and loud only when he was drunk.
His father was never sober and died after being hit by a car. Xuma falls in love with Eliza. She constantly rejects Maisy, who loves him.
Nevertheless, he eventually accepts her and promises to marry her as soon as she gets out of prison when Eliza leaves his place
Leah is sent to jail after an illicit supply of a miserable cop named Fox who has long he tried to catch.
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She managed to escape the police drama by bribing several police officers who informed her.
Johannes and his white boss Chris died under the pier as they tried to prevent it from collapsing. Paddy, Xuma is the boss aside with blacks and is arrested when the storm culminates in the mine. Xuma fled, but later moved to the police station.
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One chapter in the morning when one arrived in the city on a narrow street. The whole city was in the dark. He wondered where he was. Suddenly he saw a woman at the door in the darkness.
He moved closer and asked if he could get a place to relax and drink.
The woman asked him if he had, but the man said he had none. She also asked her to know his name.
The man identified himself as Xuma, forming the north. After a while talking about the woman who left the light. She came back without noticing it.
From the door he hit the beam of a powerful torch on Xuma with a voice that told him to come. He followed the beam of light and the woman into the 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 met Dladla, a man who likes to play with a knife. Xuma saw a knife in Dlade's hand. Xuma, however, carefully laid his parcel on the table and walked past the long bench.
Dladla picked up the knife and showed his teeth. Leah ordered Dladel to give her a knife but refused in her voice.
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Later he lowered his eyes and gave him a knife.
Father did not like Leah. Xuma's food was brought to him by Ma Plank.
While Dladla and Ma Plank went out, the man who was silent expressed suspicion and asked, "How do we know if he's out of the police?" But Leah was optimistic about the identity of Xuma.
She identified the man as her brother. Leah's man was in prison for killing the man who tried to kiss him.
There was no work in the north. That was what brought Xuma to the city to work. But he showed interest in working in the mines.
Leah took the time to tell him about the dangers of working at the mines and tried to persuade him to work with her, but Xuma refused.
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Xuma eventually got a sleeping place, but he was hard to sleep because he was tired.
When Xuma woke up the next day, he met the house empty. However, he found himself in the crowd that formed the ring outside, and Dad jumped up and screamed at the top of his voice. The two women, Lena and Drunk Liz, were also involved in the fight.
Xuma walked over a stormy mob who wanted to get away. But he heard his voice shout "stop". He turned and it was Leah. When she came to the scene, Lena (a dark, dark woman) was lying on the summit
lying to her, fat and pale. Leah walked through the crowd, picked up a thin woman and dropped her from the fat. The crowd began to mumble, but no one could hear his hearing. Leah invited the crowd to fight, but they said softly and left.
Leah lifted this woman, who was wounded, into the yard. Xuma and Dad followed her. As she entered the house, Dad brought the bag and spread it in the shade so Leah would build a woman.
Leah prepared the food and ate.
She saw Dad in the yard and called him to come and tell Xum about the city's habit. Dad talked drunk about the habit and the city. After he finished, he picked up the bag and spread it for a short distance, stretched and slept. Soon it was raining. Xuma went to the yard and watched three sleeping people.
In the Leah house she sang a guy song full of luck and laughter. Xuma returned to the house and saw Joseph, the brother of Leah's man. Leah asked Joseph to take Xuma to the market. On the market, Joseph and Xuma saw many people on the street. One street was overcrowded as the other. People had lots of money in their colorful clothes to spend. The big men between them wore singles and sometimes fought each other to find out who was the strongest.
Joseph and Xuma stopped at the corner and watched the crowd across. There were two fighters on the way. There were two "palms" along the road. Everybody was angry and laughed at people.
Suddenly a pick-up van appeared around the corner. The cops jumped and ran down the street. The crowd scattered in addition to the colorful 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 directly to Xuma. But Xuma waited for nothing to do. The policeman approached, picked up his staff, but lacked Xuma's head and hit the left shoulder. Xuma whispered and struck the policeman in her face when the policeman collapsed.
Xuma looked around and saw the police van still far away, but the two policemen closed it, so he decided to run. the men entered the way. Xuma felt afraid, running and knocking on two men at the same time was not possible. But it became an incredible thing, the second colored man knocked the first and descended the street and waved at Xuma to follow him. Xuma followed him into the house. The colorful man locked the door and headed for a chair that heavily breathed.
A man's wife entered the room, and Xuma saw with surprise that she was black. She expressed her disappointment that Xuma had attacked the cop.
Finally, when Xuma asked to leave, a male woman warned that it was not safe to leave.
Xuma came out and found the streets without difficulty, but it was hard for him to find his house. He saw the fat drunk with Liz and touched her shoulders to ask her for a trip to Leah's house. The woman looked at him with pale eyes and shook her head, hardly refusing to help him.
Xuma met a dad who thought she was in jail. Dad was drunk, but he agreed to take Xum in the Leah's house if he again bought it (Xuma). In the house, old Ma Plank sat down over a huge cadre in the yard, and in the kitchen was Josef, who was busy. Joseph was happy to see Xuma. Lea entered the house; she caught him and hugged him.
They stood on the corner and waited. Leah was still looking down the street that intersects where they stood. Ten minutes later, the black policeman entered the cycle and stopped. Leah smiled and counted five pounds of a leather bag and handed it to the cop.
Leah walked through the courtyard to the door at the other end of the yard. She introduced Xuma to the girl they met in the house. Xuma asked the name of the girl who said she was called Eliza.
Eliza asked Xuu to help her lift the machine. Xuma jumped up and grabbed the sewing machine, but felt the sharp pain in her shoulder. Eliza found a bottle of ointment and threw it where Xuma was pain.
She gave him a cigarette and looked at his face and laughed. Xuma turned and saw huge swinging shapes almost in the sky. He pointed and asked what it was. Eliza replied and said, "They are mine dumps." Xuma moved his eyes from the mine to Eliza, and longed for her.
All that night, people drank at Leah's place. Xuma and Eliza came back and saw that more people were filling Leah's place.
Dladla attacked Xu with the knife who accused him of stealing a woman and cutting it on his face. Eliza took Xuma into the room and washed his bloody face. They came back and found a doctor who secured Xuu's face.
The streets were empty after they were overcrowded on Saturday. Xuma and Johannes went up and down the empty street. They left Johannesburg behind them, and the towering peaks of min-humidity were ahead. Eventually they found themselves in the mines.
For Xuma, it was a special day. Better than ever before he ever knew. It was a noisy noise, screams and explosions, and shaking the ground. Xuma was frightened.
When a whistle dropped on the laborers to stop work for food, one of the men called Nana asked Xuma to eat it. He divided the food and gave half to Xum. When they were done, Nana reached down and slept.
The men who went to the underground this morning came. Xuma watched as they came and shaded their eyes from the light. Xuma asked Nana if the darkness was underground. But Nana laughed at Xuma.
Xuma looked up quickly as he heard Johannes voice. Johannes had a confrontation with one of the white men. He called Xum, who threw the fish and followed him. Johannes took Xuma into the mining shed.
Xuma got rid of it and put it on a long table. The doctor looked at him while Chris and Paddy watched. Johannes led the way to the washroom for the workers. He took several men out of the way and the men stepped in for them.
They entered, washed and set off to the Malaysian camp
When they got to Leah's place, a group of women was just leaving, and Leah was at the gate and watching them. Lea welcomed them. Johannes walked into the house, and Xuma and Leah spoke outside.
Leah told Xum about life in the city. She said, "Living in the city must be tough and money must be your friend. You can buy money with a cop, you can even buy someone to go to jail."
There was a long silence between them. Rosita, who survived the journey, turned to her gramophone and went out onto the porch. She called Leah back.
Leah and Xuma paused. They got up and walked in.
Xuma got the food, finished the food and left the room. He felt dissatisfied and unhappy. He went to the porch and watched the street. Maisy came out and joined him. At the corner of the street, under the light of a lamp, a group of men and women formed a ring. And at the center of the ring a couple danced and made a sign to each other as they imitated.
Xuma and Maisy joined the ring. When they returned home, she sat on her bed and held her hands. He was thinking about Elize for a moment. He blew out the candle and sat in the dark. As soon as he lit a cigarette, he knocked on the door. He answered and Eliza was a voice.
Xuma left Leah's seat and for three months she lived in a room in the Malaysian camp. Eliza is now like a devil in Xu's blood and did not want to go back to Leah's place to see Leah for fear of seeing Eliza. As he sat alone, he longed to see all the people he had left at Ley, but for fear of Elizabeth he would not go.
It was a Saturday night, and despite the cold weather, the streets were full. But it was not like the first Saturday when he went with Joseph. He walked down the street and walked toward the heart of Johannesburg. He came closer to the heart of Johannesburg, and people grew larger. There were more white people now and it was different. They were not his people, so he did not pay attention to what they did and what they said.
Xuma saw some cakes in the window and stopped to look at them. He felt a cock on his shoulder, and when he turned around, he was a cop. Without a word, Xuma gave her pass to the policeman for control. As a police officer goes, Xuma continues on the street. Dave on the street was thick that it was hard for Xuma to move between them. The only place that Xuma could have been free was underground in the mines. There he was a master and he knew the way.
Xuma met his white man, Paddy, who was 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 such a place before. Paddy and Xuma sat down while the woman came in with three glasses. They lifted their glasses and excited Xuma. However, Xuma was still thinking about Paddy's wife.
The atmosphere at Paddy's house caused Xuma to think he knew what Eliza wanted. Paddy came up with food, and when they finished eating, they ate more wine. Xuma and Paddy spoke of the mines. Paddy took things away. And Xuma forgot that they were white and even talked to that woman.
After returning, Paddy asked her women what they thought of Xuma. The woman replied, "It's just my boy." The man and his wife were deeply afraid of Xuma, for the woman had been talking favorably about Xume. Paddy looked at her. His face shrouded. And Di got up and went to the kitchen, but the argument continued.
Xuma was glad she was away from two white men. It was unpleasant. Only when he was with the woman felt good. He went across the street and returned to the Malaysian camp.
Gradually left the heart of the city behind him.
He refused Jeppe Street, where he encountered people standing down the street. The man who was persecuted by the police climbed the roof. The roof shuddered steeply. One bad move and the man would be submerged down, either to death or a broken body. There was a fear of the crowd. The man lost himself and slowly slid down. He was a man in space for a while. Then, with dull damping, he fell to the ground. But the doctor was there to help.
The Doctor tried to raise a man, but he could not. Xuma, however, stepped forward, but the cop quieted his shot at his club and waved it from side to side. Xuma picked up the man. The first cop attacked Xuma with his club. Xuma stood up. His body shuddered and pushed his fist into a hard ball.
Xuma picked up the injured man in the doctor's car. The doctor asked Xuma to go with him to help him.
At the other end of the Malaysian camp, the doctor stopped. Between them, they brought the men into the house. A colorful woman met at the door. They brought the men to the surgery where the doctor worked on the men. Xuma sat in a small chair and watched.
The injured man was revived. The man expressed fear of arresting the police.
The doctor and Xuma left him as they went for some tea. Two men entered the room where Xuma felt the feel of Red.
Emily reported that the injured man ran off the window. The doctor got up and went into surgery while others followed. The medical doctor spoke to Xum. That made Xuma feel wounded. He was angry, but the anger he felt wounded. Suddenly he turned and walked to the door.