Pat Stevens Parables and Poems

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Parables and Poems is an anthology of short works, some of which are featured in other books by Pat Stevens, but are included here to reinforce various points of view. The piece’s range from brief humorous essays to longer satirical articles, covering a wide spectrum of problems, but concentrating mainly on Southern Africa. The author has attempted to sequence the articles, so the content of each compliments the previous, in order to create an interlinking theme. Included are eight of the authors poems, and a list of favorite books local and international, that have strongly influenced his writing. Then comes a light-hearted thrust at South African sport, which due to the interference of the liberal press is a heavy-hearted subject, Protea cricket is a tragic example of this. The liberals insisted on dropping the Springbok emblem, since then cricket and its pretty flower has never won a world cup, while the rugby Springboks have won two. Scrapping the death penalty and introducing criminal friendly laws, are more serious examples of liberal interference that bedevils South Africa, which turned the country into the crime hellhole of today. The liberals are savagely satirized throughout the book, especially in four amusing allegories, which mock the liberal penchant for social control. The book finishes with a section that poses the question, could an honourable meaning to life be a dedicated quest to annihilate neoliberalism, that certainly is the sacred mission of author Pat Stevens.

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Pat Stevens was born in Johannesburg in the same month as Steve Biko, December 1946 was also the month Alan Paton completed his great novel Cry, the Beloved Country, so some characters in The Greatest Game series derive from both sources. Today the author lives in England, but the river between Africa and Pat Stevens runs deep, his books are all set in Africa. The Greatest Game anthology counterpoints the lives of four characters, against four decades in a changing South Africa, culminating in the historic 1994 democratic elections. The book also details the scepticism of the Johannesburg liberal press, that almost derailed the democratic transition, unfortunately these purveyors of doubt are still around. So a follow up novel titled Hero of the Struggle, describes the complicity of the press in the eight year persecution of Jacob Zuma, and the long struggle to effect the dropping of charges against an innocent man. The hero is writer Will Powers who obtains intercepted phone calls, these so called Spy Tapes prove political interference in the case, so all charges are dropped and Jacob Zuma becomes president. A semi-autobiographical book titled White Bird Under the Sun, describes a journey through fifties Africa that will warm your heart, as it recounts the joy and travails of a boyhood in the Rhodesian bush. The story continues in seventies Johannesburg through a sequel titled Dice of Life, a coming of age novel revolving around a group of apprentices, and dealing with the complexity of a racist society. The book examines apartheid South Africa, through the eyes of protagonist Harry Cheals, counterpointing his concerns against the easy attitude of friends. The novel Zulu Vampire recounts an outbreak of killing in rural Zululand, reputed to be the work of the vampiric Impundulu Lightning Bird, so police captain Jake Smit and journalist Marlin Madison track down the real killers. Continuing the theme of African fables is Cloud Eater, traditional stories told by an African seer named Thulani, while Parables and Poems is a collection of essays with political and religious themes. Greatest Book Ever Written includes Absalom’s Tomb which uses a new style of Biblical writing, where the narrative is modern romantic style but for the dialogue, the King James English is retained imparting a lovely Shakespearian veneer. There is a wide array of books for you to choose from, whatever the taste of the reader, there is sure to be a fit among the books of Pat Stevens.

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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. 356 pages. Dimensions: 8.0in. x 5.0in. x 0.8in.An anthology of selected short pieces by Pat Stevens, ranging from brief humorous essays to longer satirical articles, which cover the spectrum of problems confronting South Africa today. The author has attempted to sequence the articles, so the content of each compliments the previous, in order to create an interlinking theme This is followed by eight of the authors poems, and a list of favourite books local and international, that have influenced the authors writing. Then comes a light hearted look at South African sport, which due to the dismal performance of South African sportsmen, has become a heavy hearted subject. The last section on religion and faith contains some thought provoking articles, creation versus evolution is always a hot topic, and everybody wants to know the meaning of life. The final story titled Absaloms Tomb utilizes a new style of Biblical writing, the author has retained the King James English for the dialogue while using a modern writing style for the narrative, this overlays a lovely Shakespearian veneer on the story. This item ships from La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9781466224568

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