A Far Off Place

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1978 - Fiction - 310 pages
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The story of a long, perilous journey undertaken by four survivors of a massacre: a teenage boy of European descent, a young white girl, and two Bushmen. The basis for a major film release from Walt Disney Pictures.

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"A Far Off Place" is located in Africa, but also in the wild yet ordered regions of our own best selves. There is a hero, but he is not self-consciously so. There is a love story, but not a soft one ... Read full review

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This is a YA book that was written in the 1970's. It is a tale of two young white survivors of a massacre in Africa, Francois and Nonnie, and how they escape, survive pursuit, and cross the Kalahari ... Read full review


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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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