Erna Buber-deVilliers


I am a retired high school art teacher, with a bit of time, at last, to pursue my many and diverse interests. I hope to get those books that are inside me out. One of them is a kind of auto-biography-with-family-history (I think). My research for that one led me to translate Tlou! Tlou! - the first of my writings published on Smashwords.

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Tlou! Tlou! The Elephant-Singers of Botshabelo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,530. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Africa
(4.00 from 1 review)
The book tells the story of the Batloung, a Batswana tribe of Southern Africa. It provides historical insight into the Batloung's ancient customs, practices and beliefs. It describes the experiences that shaped a people - from a time before their first encounter with whites and the Gospel, up to the challenges of the uneasy social structures of twentieth century South Africa.

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  • The Sunflower That Roared on June 10, 2011

    Highly imaginitive. A delightful little epic.
  • Luke's Cubby House on Oct. 11, 2011

    I LOVE the cover of the book and the title promises a good story. The actual writing could do with a spot of editing - there are some small spelling errors and discrepancies (it took me a while to work out that Luke and Tom knew each other from school... and what was Tom doing in the car all by himself?) I enjoyed the part where Luke was getting his cubby ready for visitors. It has nice detail. I would have liked a description of Luke and his dad building the house: getting the materials together, their conversation, and so on. I think the story is worth expanding a bit.
  • Angelique in San Francisco (a novella) on Dec. 30, 2012

    Very readable, and not amateurish, as I feared it would be because it is a free book. I would have liked more story, and less lists of films... although those lists might have contained clues that I was too lazy to decipher. I was left, at the end, wanting more. "Don't judge a book by its cover" is an axiom that applies here. It was not an account of a lighthearted little adventure with a happy ending.
  • Pedalling Backwards on Jan. 03, 2013

    Spellbinding. Not one word too few or too many. This book will stay with me.
  • The Classic Crusade of Corbin Cobbs on Feb. 23, 2013

    This creative and highly imaginative work is full of insight and wisdom. The realistic depiction of the protagonist's life drew me in and kept me reading. A disillusioned high school teacher, a cheated husband, and a man who has too long denied his desire to be a writer: Corbin Cobbs is on a quest to find himself again. The author's prose requires some effort to read. If one is able to overlook its faults, the book is a rollicking read.
  • The Holly King on March 03, 2013

    Interesting and thought-provoking. I struggled a bit to "get into" the book, but am glad I persevered.The prose is well-written, the characters and places come alive. Bravo!