THE CITY OF GOLD by Francis Brett Young


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Cloete has turned back for the period preceding The Turning Wheels in his new book, Watch For The Dawn: Young, whose They Seek A Country paralleled the Cloete book in period (and to some extent in story) has written a sequel. His central characters in the earlier book, the Boer girl, Lisbeth, and the Englishman, John, are mature and the new book deals with the next generation, with mixed loyalties, with the subsequent struggle between the English, whose greed is further fired by the discovery of diamonds and gold, and the Boers, who want to keep their homes and their independence. Historically, the story is of interest in the sidelights on Kruger, on Cecil Rhodes, on Jameson: it ends with the failure of the Jameson raid, and the revival of life in Johannesburg. As a story quite honestly, I found it tough going, confused by the assumption of more knowledge of the South African background than the average reader possesses, and with insufficient focus on the main characters to make one care particularly what happened. The plot is diffuse, but in the main centers around the one family. A competent but not inspired job.

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 1939
Publisher: Reynal & Hitchcock