Extract from review by Christopher Merrett (The Witness, Pietermaritzburg) in African Book Publishing Record, Vol. XXXIV/2/2008 p.103:
"Five very different, but interconnected, lives are described in this short volume. Their common thread lies in geography – the Eastern Cape of South Africa; and in the extent to which they bridged the gap between traditional society and the Christian and modernizing influences of colonizers. The tensions of complex times produced some remarkable personal histories that were subsequently sidelined. ...
This publication is intended as popular history and the notes and bibliography are therefore brief. The text is well and plainly written, illustrated by well-chosen photographs and a simple map. African Intellectuals in 19th and Early 20th Century South Africa is recommended for all collections of South African history and libraries interested in African intellectual history."
Extract from review by uMgobhozi waseNtabeni in Wordsetc (Dec 2007):
"[T]his is an important overture in the exercise to revise South African history. The book is a welcome addition to our country's literature."
Professor N. Barney Pityana, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of South Africa
"The benefit of these studies is that they give insight into a period in our country which has been all but lost through the intervening 50 years of apartheid rule. Even more important, the intellectual traditions represented here, far from being uniform, expose the heterodoxy of those early intellectuals in our country."
Click on the links below to read the reviews:
M & G 20 March 2008
Mdantsane Dispatch 03 October 2007
The Weekender 29 Sept 2007
Daily Dispatch 27 Sept 2007
Star 21 Sept 2007