CLAIM TO FREEDOM: The Rise of the Afro-Asian Peoples by Cornelia Spencer

CLAIM TO FREEDOM: The Rise of the Afro-Asian Peoples

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is intended as a companion volume to The Song in the Streets and More Hands for Man, rounding out the great revolutions of modern times with the rise of the Afro-Asian peoples. If Cornelia Spencer had kept to straight exposition it would have sharpened her observations, but she muddies the waters by attempting to symbolize the issues through using the human figure of Chandra, an Indian boy with part-African heritage, who lives in Nairobi and is caught up in the flood of nationalism. Life is no longer a simple affair as he tries to make room for a stable philosophy in a tumultuous world. Background information on headline making areas, the Congo, the Philippines, China, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, is presented so objectively that she seems to throw these inevitably intensely controversial affairs out of focus. At almost no point does the boy Chandra come through as a personality; as a tool for her exposition he fails to crystallize what she is attempting to do. Possibly the basic weakness is that too much is attempted in too small compass.

Pub Date: Feb. 2nd, 1961
Publisher: John Day