A Butterfly's Revolution

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Xlibris Corporation, Mar 24, 2010 - Fiction - 185 pages
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A Butterfly’s Revolution is a powerful memoir in which the narrator paints a searing portrait of life for Indian indentured laborers in colonial South Africa, while providing a devastatingly honest account of the inhumanity of Hindu caste hierarchy. Above all, however, it is a startling celebration of the gritty strength of the human spirit. As children, Leo, the son of a British plantation owner, and Ram, the son of an Indian indentured laborer, become close intimate friends. As young adults, the two become attracted to humanitarian work. They travel to a Hindu village called Sugarbush—“a place,” Mohandas Gandhi tells them, “in desperate need of human development at its most basic level.” Upon their arrival, they discover that although the laborers have earned their freedom from their British and Dutch owners, a new class of master has taken their place—the land-owning men belonging to the Hindu forward castes—and so little has changed for the masses. They embark on a fi ve-year struggle to bring progress to Sugarbush and to instill the concepts of human dignity and equality. Will these two young men succeed in realizing their noble intentions? Readers will find themselves engrossed in this riveting story as they uncover more revelations and witness a surprising end.
 

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Contents

One
9
Two
14
Three
21
Four
27
Five
35
Six
42
Seven
48
Eight
54
Thirteen
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Fourteen
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Fifteen
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Sixteen
110
Seventeen
121
Eighteen
132
Nineteen
142
Twenty
153

Nine
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Ten
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Eleven
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Twelve
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Twentyone
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Twentytwo
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Twentythree
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Shane Sorenson is a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and an accomplished legal journalist. He has lived most of his adult life abroad-England, Hong Kong, Singapore, Argentina, India, and South Africa. A Butterfly's Revolution is his first novel.

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