Is a heartfelt reminiscence of the formative 7 years of a young man’s journey from childhood to young adulthood in South Africa, punctuated with uncertainty and hardship, abuse and neglect. Set in the sixties, Alf Wood provides a rich observation of a child’s upbringing through the hardships and complexities of a breaking home, school, friendships and enmities, and on into army life.
All who experienced the uncertainties of family strife at a time where little information was shared with children, will identify and feel for the young man and his sister, passed from hand to hand; an inconvenience while things were working through.
The story explores the friendship which develops between two young white South African soldiers during the Angolan war of 1976. They are from completely different backgrounds. One, Seun Joubert is from an ultra conservative Afrikaner family and the other, Joel Lapinski is from a liberal Jewish family. They are stuck in a slit trench together during a tense contact situation. While in the slit trench they share their experiences, dreams and most intimate secrets. It is a story of prejudice, bigotry and tragic sorrow, as well as an uplifting story of warmth, friendship and love.