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The Train from Rhodesia by Nadine Gordimer

Opening Worlds No 3


This story seems to operate on a number of different levels.

It is a snapshot of some moments in time ­ as a train stops briefly at a `little
brick station'.
It emphasises the idea of segregation in many…

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deep-rooted (a psychological tension ever present among more liberal whites in
a country that is segregated along racial lines?) ­ Is there some hope for change
in this?

The lack of speech punctuation emphasises this as a brief passing moment in
time and allows us to `observe' the scene more…

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