Cousins: A Memoir by Athol Fugard

By Athol Fugard

N this notable memoir, Athol Fugard, writer of "The highway to Mecca, A Lesson From Aloes, grasp Harold...and the men, Valley Song" and diverse different works for the level, paints a relocating examine of his early years in South Africa. "Cousins" makes a speciality of Fugard's dating along with his cousins and their effect, which led the writer to a lifelong pursuit of a writing occupation.

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My friends and I also played war. This might come as a shock to those who know me in more recent decades. But we grew up during and after the Second World War and, to us, that conflict was very much a morality play, with the virtuous Americans and British fighting the wicked Germans (usually referred to simply as “the Nazis”). So, as part of our own war games, we ran about in schoolyards, backyards, and basements, “shooting” at one another with sticks and crying out as we keeled over in combat.

After a day’s work, I frequently came back to my bed at night to find the sheets or other vital items missing. My protests to the camp director were unavailing. One night, when I walked into the bunk I found an enormous, dirt-covered boulder lying in the middle of my bed, with my tormenters lined up laughing hysterically. I must have been enraged, for I somehow picked up the boulder and hurled it into one of their beds. This ended my problems with them, for—having barely managed to lift the boulder with all three of them on the job— they were suddenly enormously impressed with me.

It was an unpleasant turnabout, and a local policeman actually did grill us about what had happened. Ultimately, our fathers saved the situation, and I never did any time for golf ball theft. S. 217. This turned out to be a rather insensitive group of boys who, under the direction of an adult scoutmaster, would march about in military-style flag drills (which I disliked), take rope-tying, fire-building, and other tests to advance their rank (which was okay), and go on overnight hikes (which I more or less enjoyed).

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