Valley Song Summary & Study Guide

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Valley Song opens with The Author, a white man in his sixties representing Fugard himself, showing the audience a handful of "genuine Karoo pumpkin seeds," describing the beauty and richness of the land in the Sneeuberg Mountains of South Africa's great Karoo region, and inviting the onlookers to imagine Abraam Jonkers, a "coloured" (mixedrace) tenant farmer now in his seventies, planting the seeds in the fresh spring earth just after a rain. The images in The Author's opening monologue— seeds, earth, rain, mountains and valleys—are important not only to the setting of Valley Song, but to the personalities of the characters and the larger themes at work in the play.

As The Author talks, he turns into Abraam Jonkers, known to everyone in the village of Nieu- Bethesda as "old Buks." Old Buks has lived in the village his entire life, working as a tenant farmer on...

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Literature of Developing Nations for Students
Valley Song from Literature of Developing Nations for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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