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Sir Laurens, whose life has encompassed African expeditions and years as a Japanese POW, recalls events-some joyful, some tragic-and in so doing provides the framework for an exploration into the human spirit.
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In 1991, five years before he died, South Africa-born writer and amateur ethnographer Sir Laurens van der Post took a long look at his life and the small details that resonated over time. Among the things he recalls in this luminous book of autobiography are a majestic French horse, the Blady of his title; the sound of the ocean as it breaks on the capes of Africa and South America; and a wondrous encounter with a meteor in the Kalahari Desert. This book, weaving natural and personal history, is full of animals, dreams, myths, the African desert, and Mediterranean sunlight. Every page brings a new pleasure.About the Author:
The extraordinary life of Laurens van der Post is not easily capsulized. Author of of many books, farmer, soldier, prisoner of war, political adviser to British heads of state, educator, humanitarian, philosopher, explorer, and conservationist are titles that barely indicate the depth and breadth of this rare individual. Born in 1906 in the interior of southern Africa, he lived among the people who created the first blueprint for life on earth, becoming the principal chronicler of the Stone Age Kalahari Bushmen. He was also one of C.G. Jung's closest friends for sixteen years. Van der Post dedicated his life to teaching the meaning and value of indigenous cultures in the modern world, a world he felt is in danger of losing its spiritual identity to technology, prejudice, empty values, and a lack of understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on earth. Awarded a knighthood (the C.B.E.) in 1981, Sir Laurens died after his 90th birthday, in December, 1996.
He has written the following books:
A Far Off Place
The Heart of the Hunter
A Story Like the Wind
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