An Instant in the Wind

Erin Arick & Sarah OConnor


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André Brink

Born in 1935 on the rich South African soil. André Brink published more than 24 books. With most of his works being on the controversial subject of Apartheid, many of his works have been banned by the South African government. Brink has taught at a plethora of universities and now is settled at University of Cape Town as a professor. Brink published An Instant in the Wind in 1976 with W. H. Allen.

Dynamic Characters

Elizabeth Larsson- She is white South African women, married, and under the influence of the apartheid's ways. Elizabeth finds herself with internal conflict throughout the book questioning if what the Apartheid law portrays about the blacks is really true.

Adam Mantoor- A renegade, black slave under the harsh impurities of the Apartheid ways. Adam also has a dangerous admiration for Elizabeth.

Powerful Plot

During the early 1940s, Elizabeth Larsson, a white South African Woman, accompanies her husband on one of his scientific expeditions. Little does she know that she will end up alone in the vast wilderness of the South African colony with only a renegade, black slave named Adam Mantoor to help her back to civilization. A novel with forbidden love, adventure, and sprinkles of ironic humor, An Instant in the Wind will blow you away like the South African winds.

Enthralling Ending

Will Adam and Elizabeth's love last? Will they both make it back to civilization alive? An Instant in the Wind draws you along to an ending one may not expect, but it does leave you with a pleasantly content exposition.


You'll be able to connect

An Instant in the Wind is very relatable. The love between Adam and Elizabeth becomes complicated but genuine, just like high school relationships. The struggle for survival depicts a common theme, which one can believe high schoolers may encounter sometimes with their congested lifestyles.

Multicultural? You got it!

Not only do the two prominent characters portray two completely different shades of life, but the plot gives you an intimate look on the controversial subject of Apartheid while intertwining common themes of love and survival.