This novel of epic proportions from South Africa, set between 1650 and 1710, covers the first fifty years of the Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope. Beautifully rendered, this is a world and a time never before dealt with in fiction-a period when powerful colonizers took over the lands of Hottentot tribes, exposing aborigines for the first time to Western eyes and Western ways. Through the life stories of seven men-all involved with and defined in one way or another by Pieternella, the beautiful daughter of the first mixed marriage of the new colony-we gain an understanding of the vast historical forces at work.
Teeming with characters, rich with lived experience, gripping in its unexpected turns, Islands is a story of greed, power, war, courage, and international intrigue, at once a meticulously researched portrait of the age and a great adventure story.
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A major work of literature, Islands is one of the most important novels to come out of South Africa. Crammed with characters and events, staggering in the scale of its adventures, this epic tale covers the first half-century of Dutch settlement at the Cape.About the Author:
DAN SLEIGH works as a researcher in the National Archives in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a member of the Cape Historical Society and specializes in the Dutch colonial period. Islands is his first novel.
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