PATH OF THUNDER by Peter Abrahams


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A book that will take selling- but is worth it. Certain people will like it immensely, for its freshness of approach, the novelty of its background, South Africa of the native Kaffir, the ""colored"" (who were half castes and felt themselves as much above the black men as their ""superiors"", the whites, held themselves above the ""coloreds""). A strange book of sharp class distinctions, as Lanny, educated in Capetown, returns to his native village to teach his people, and finds that the old resentments, indignities, prejudices must be relearned. He has left behind him a girl of his kind, who loves him; he dares not risk her facing the life he must lead. And then he meets- and loves a white girl, kin to the white people on the hill, but- unlike them- singularly free of the intolerances that dominated their lives. Tragedy was inevitable; it had all happened before with Mad Sam and that other Sarie. And it ends in violence -- and probable death- together. Simply told, with stark emotional undertones -- and with a deep tenderness for the tragedy of race, black and ""colored"" in a white world. The selection of this as the ""Harper Find"" does not guarantee a sale; it does guarantee more focus of attention than the book might otherwise achieve.

Pub Date: Feb. 4th, 1947
Publisher: Harper