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Frankie and Stankie by Barbara Trapido
Frankie & Stankie is Barbara Trapido's semi-autobiographical novel of growing up in South Africa from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. Her protagonist is Dinah de Bondt, the daughter of Dutch and German parents. The lifestyle in distinctly British, though, played against the backdrop of growing apartheid laws and the assumption of power by the Afrikaner Nationalists. In school, the children are taught the ways of prejudice against the black natives and Indians in their midst. Dinah worries because her father plays tennis with an Indian lawyer. A girl at school at disappears after being reclassified as colored. Perhaps more of a memoir than a novel, Barbara Trapido tells the story of the awakening of a girl into a woman of political consciousness against the backdrop of evil that surrounds her life. The Observer says, "It is an accomplished memoir, a useful addition to the history shelf and a wonderful read."