John Seymour's Around India (1954, p. 463) was an enjoyable one man's view of a year he spent there recently. This moves...

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ONE MAN'S AFRICA

John Seymour's Around India (1954, p. 463) was an enjoyable one man's view of a year he spent there recently. This moves back two decades to the thirties and forties and the Africa which was his first love. As a boy Seymour had long been determined to go there and his chance came in 1934 when he went as a trainee to the Southey sheep farm in the Karroo district of South Africa. A time there and he was off again, this time to another ranch further north and west where he stayed longer. His comments about these two places gear the tone of the book. Always enjoying himself and warming to his surroundings he is also concerned with social problems and immediately, if somewhat platitudinously, declares himself for the Negro and against the inept policies of the whites. Some seasons as a pilchard fisherman at Walvin Bay introduce us to still another aspect of African life and further territory covered includes the copper belt and a stint at mining, the Kikuyu country and its rumblings and war duty in Abyssinia. Rambling, perhaps more a travelog than a social study, but readable.

Pub Date: March 19, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: John Day

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1956