Laurens van der Post was fascinated and appalled at the fate of this remarkable people. Ostracised by all the changing face of African cultural life they retreated deep into the Kalahari desert. His fascinating attempt to capture their way of life and the secrets of their ancient heritage provide captivating reading and a unique insight into a forgotten way of life.
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(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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UK Kirkus Review »
The classic account of the Bushman's way of life. From the earliest days of his childhood in South Africa, Laurens van der Post heard tantalizing stories of the Bushmen that had once frequented the region, but who were now gone, murdered or driven away by other races who didn't understand their way of life. Time and again, people lamented their passing but observed that 'they couldn't be tamed'. Many years later, he set out for the Kalahari Desert, intrigued by stories he'd heard of Bushmen still living their ancient way of life. For all the overly poetic and sentimental terms in which he couches his writing, his account of the Bushmen is nonetheless a classic piece of travel writing and a still-powerful glimpse into a way of life close to nature and unaltered for many thousands of years. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Laurens Van der Post
Laurens van der Post was born in Africa in 1906. Most of his adult life was spent his time divided between Africa and England. His professions of writer and farmer were interrupted by ten years in the army, behind enemy lines in Abyssinia, the Western Desert and the Far East where he was taken prisoner by the Japanese while commanding a small guerrilla unit. He went straight from prison back to active service in Java. He was awarded the CBE for his services in the field.