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Rayda Jacobs (Jacobs, Rayda)
Joonie ........................ 2011 JACANA
In Joonie Rayda Jacobs, has created the character of a lifetime in her heart warming yet tough - as-nails story of Joonie from Grassy Park. Joonie- her father named her Junaid, a warrior, has her wits about her and sometimes that's all. In all her travels and travails, in South Africa, America and back again. Joonie's indomitable spirit will touch you, time and again.
Confessions of a Gambler DVD film 84min . 2008 ROGUE STAR FILMS
ABEEDA A 49-YEAR OLD MUSLIM WOMAN (Rayda Jacobs) WHO WEARS DOUBLE SCARVES, PRAYS FIVE TIMES A DAY, A WONDERFUL MOTHER AND A GOOD FRIEND. ONE DAY ABEEDA GOES TO THE CASINO WITH A FRIEND, AND WINS R4,500. STUNNED BY THE WINNINGS, AND SOON FINDS HERSELF GOING BACK TO AUNTY. HER ADDICTION SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL WHEN SHE SUFFERS A FAMILY TRAGEDY.
Masquerade ................... 2007 UMUZI
redigeer, Annari van der Merwe
"An autobiography that starts with a mostly miserable childhood in Diep River, Cape Town, and then covers the author's parents' divorce; the forced removal of the family to Athlone; the author being trained and working - as a white - as a legal secretary in the Cape Town CBD, before spending 27 years in 'exile' in Canada after someone alerts the authorities and she is, at 21, is left no choice but to leave; two marriages in Canada, the first, to an Iranian, produces two children, the second to an Egyptian - both end in divorce; her daughter's near fatal car crash; her return to South Africa in the early nineties, where she starts writing full-time and making documentary films, culminating in her directing and acting the lead role in Confessions of a Gambler, based on the novel by the same title which won her the Sunday Times Award. Often the source of controvecy in her Muslim community, the narrative end in triumph when she is invited as special guest to the Dubai Film Festival in 2007, at age 61. Throughout her life, beset with hardship, it is the authors writing and, later, her children that sustain her and help her to survive." - loot.co.za
My Father's Orchid ..... 2006 UMUZI
redigeer, Annari van der Merwe
"Illegitimate, Hud grows up with his mother and her Christian family in the Cape Flats. For 28 years he is overlooked by his Muslim father who is no more than a shadowy figure inhabiting the outskirts of his world; a man his mother has always called Mr. Johnson. Then, out of the blue, Hud's father informs him that he is to inherit his rare orchid collection, and asks him to move in with him. His father's health suddenly deteriorates, and this sets in motion a chain of events. Hud's half-brother and sister discover his existence for the first time. When Sawdah returns from Australia, where she has taken refuge from an unhappy experience ten years ago, she is immediately drawn to him. But Mo, her artist brother, resents the intruder. A wonderful host of characters populates the novel - Hud's Granny Marge and mother Avril, his Uncle James and Aunt Lorraine and their two children with whom Hüd shared a bed for the first seven years of his life. And there is his father's family - his warm and wise brother Boeta Braim and his ex-wife Abeeda - the main character in Confessions of a Gambler - who appears here in a minor yet key role, as vivid and attractive as ever." - loot.co.za
The Mecca Diaries of Rayda Jacobs . 2005 DOUBLE STOREY
"What is it really like to go on hajj? What is the truth about this high point in a Muslim's religious experience - in a far-away Middle-Eastern country, at the holiest sites of the Islamic religion - and in the presence of nearly three million other pilgrims? Part diary, part guidebook, part spiritual memoir, this title records Rayda Jacobs's preparation and departure for hajj; her stay in Medina and journey to the city of Mecca; her experience of the five days of hajj; and, finally, her return to South Africa." - loot.co.za
Postcards from South Africa . 2004 JUTA/DOUBLE STOREY
""I left my soul at the foot of Table Mountain. I want it back." In this powerful, poignant and distinctively South African collection of short stories, Rayda Jacobs - leaving suddenly for Canada at the age of 21, to return for good only 27 years later - seeks to understand the deep marks that South Africa has left upon her. The character of Sabah runs like a rich thread through the collection, as Jacobs takes the reader on an intense, semi-autobiographical journey which explores childhood, exile after being found in possession of a white card, and return to an altered South Africa in 1995. Other stories reveal South Africans tellingly to each other - the elderly woman frightened by the young man at the garden gate, the shack-dwelling family ruthlessly compromised by the housing "agent", the muslim daughter who must help with the ritual washing of her mother's body for burial. Frequently funny, often serious, always deceptively simple - these "postcards" are the compassionate yet challenging creation of a gifted storyteller." - loot.co.za
Confessions of a Gambler . 2003/2007 OVERLOOK/KWELA
"This is the story of a Muslim woman, Abeeda (Beeda), who leads a double life. On the one hand she is a pious mother of four sons, but under the veil she is a daring, independent-minded woman with a sexuality, and a liking for risky behavior, that she keeps secret from those closest to her. We follow her story in two different time frames. As a woman in her forties, dealing with the tragic death of her son from AIDS, Abeeda is drawn into the world of casino gambling and quickly develops a gambling addiction, in which she convulsively wins and loses large amounts of money. In a serious of flash backs we also trace her life as a woman in her twenties, from the time when her husband left her, through a torrid affair with her younger sister's fiance (and then husband) Imran. The episodes in the casino are intense - the compulsive attraction and the nightmare of gambling are made vivid to the reader. On the other hand, Abeeda's involvement in her community, and her genuine spiritual seeking, are also very clear. Weaving together these captivating main story lines are numerous subplots involving her family, religion, friends and her life in the community. The threads of the story are neatly resolved, with an older and wiser Abeeda defeating her compulsive gambling, finally marrying Imran, and adopting his baby daughter after the tragic death of her sister Zulpha." - loot.co.za
In this timely novel, Abeeda, a South African woman in her late forties, is struggling to hold on to both halves of a double life. To others, she is a pious Muslim mother of four, coping with the death of one of her sons to AIDS. But Abeeda has also developed a gambling addiction, winning and losing huge amounts of money. In a series of flashbacks her life is traced as a woman in her twenties, through a torrid affair with her younger sister's fiance, Imran, and her history of taking wild risks. In all, this is a gripping story of family, addiction, religion, and redemption.
Sachs Street ............... 2001 KWELA
Rayda Jacobs' third novel. Set in Cape Town, this readable novel explores marriage and emotional attachments in the life of a modern Muslim woman, as it looks at, among other incidents in her life, an obsessive relationship with a fundamentalist Christian.
The Slave Book ..... 1998/2007 KWELA
"Set in the early 1830s, The Slave Book recounts the last five years of slavery at the Cape of Good Hope. The novel opens with Sangora van Java on the block, a "Mohametan" slave who is being sold for preaching his belief to others. Andries de Villiers, a hard-nosed wine farmer, purchases Sangora, despite his suspicion that the tall slave could spell trouble. On impulse, he also bids for Sangora's 16-year-old stepdaughter, Somiela, but not for the girl's mother - thereby separating the family. The first days on Zoetewater are traumatic, but both father and stepdaughter survive and find comfort in the unity amongst the slaves on the farm. It is when Harman Kloot, an Afrikaner of mixed blood, arrives from the interior that a second, major crisis develops - Harman is torn between duty to his group and love of a girl who belongs to a different culture and faith. Whatever decision he makes will be seen as betrayal, either of his own people or of the slave community with whom he has found common ground." - loot.co.za
The Eyes of the Sky . 1996 MACMILLAN PRESS/2000 KWELA
The Middle Children: Short Stories . 1994 SECOND STOREY PRESS/SUMACH PRESS
"A collection of intersecting short stories which focus on South Africa's middle children - the offspring of master and slave, commonly known as "Coloureds". It addresses issues of rejection, abandonment, self-esteem and political change." loot.co.za
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