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Search Sweet Country

Laing, B. Kojo

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ISBN 10: 0688069053 / ISBN 13: 9780688069056
Published by Beech Tree Books, 1987
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Title: Search Sweet Country

Publisher: Beech Tree Books

Publication Date: 1987

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st U.S. ed.

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Written by the author of "Women of the Aeroplanes", this novel is a portrait of a whole society from government ministers and university professors to street traders and beggars. It is set in Accra in the mid-1970s, a city in a state of rapid change and bewildering political uncertainty.

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Here are two scintillating first novels set in contemporary central Africa: the first in Ghana, to the west, the second in Tanzania, to the east. Laing is a black Ghanian poet whose novel exuberantly reels with language and imagery reminiscent of the early Joyce. Set in Laing's own "sweet country," it revolves around a broad and colorful cast of characters: the student Kofi Loww, "now thirty and living on the wandering side of doubt"; Kojo Okay Pol, an optimist, "the monkey that believed he could climb down his own tail in any emergency"; Professor Sackey ("Professor Carry Yourself") and his wife Sofi; Bishop Budu and his assistant Osofo; and Beni Baidoo, the "shrewd and shriveled" old man who is Accra, Ghana, is "the bird standing alive by the pot that should receive it, and hoping that, after being defeathered, it would triumphantly fly out before it was fried." As a girl, taken on an oryx hunt by her father, Antonia was the first to spot an oryx; the animal's life was then spared. Now a doctor, back in her native Dar es Salaam, a white woman in a black-ruled country, her father dead, her mother returned to America, and their house seized by the government, Antonia does what she can to help the natives who come to her sick from poverty, hunger, squalor. The novel gracefully traces the friendship between Antonia and a young black woman she treats, Antonia mystified by Esther's spiritual healing abilities, Esther eager to learn the basics of anatomy and physiology and Western medicine. Two triumphant works, warmly recommended. Marcia G. Fuchs, Guilford Free Lib., Ct.
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