A FAR-OFF PLACE by Laurens van der Post


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In this sequel to A Story Like the Wind (1972), four pure and resourceful young people (one white European couple and one black Bushman couple and a repellently human dog) are pursued, for no conceivable military reason, by a bunch of prosy Chinese-led terrorists across jungle and desert to the sea, where they find the British Navy (""always prepared and rejoices in helping even more in peace than in war""). The Bushmen are dispatched with gold medallions which read ""You are commanded by Her Britannic Majesty to aid and protect these two persons."" Francois and Nonnie decide to go to college. Apart from its homilies about getting away from materialism, and its vicious allegory of colonialism, the book is an excellent example of the difference between literature and what are generally regarded as children's adventure stories. The latter offer no real moral conflict, no rich social texture, no development of character except a mechanical transcendence of external obstacles. Gosh, Francois.

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 1974
ISBN: 0156301989
Publisher: Morrow