By Laurens van der Post
This can be a tale of a virtually vanished Africa; an international of fable and magic within which the indigenous peoples of the continent lived for uncountable centuries ahead of the Europeans got here to shatter it.
The major personality is a boy who has a dating with this Africa no longer in contrast to Kipling's Kim with the vintage international of India. François Joubert, whose Huguenot ancestors settled in Africa 300 years in the past, lives as a solitary baby on his father's farm. 'Hunter's Drift'. the following, within the a ways inside of Africa, he stories the sweetness and secret of an ageless, average primitive lifestyles, his belief of it heightened by way of the impression of 3 humans specifically - his Bushman nurse, the pinnacle herdsman of the neighborhood Matabele extended family (his father's selected companions within the pioneering of Hunter's Drift), and a hunter of mythical status, now the manager ranger of an enormous video game reserve nearby.
François' assembly with an untamed Bushman, Xhabbo, whose intuitive educating nourishes his spirit; his unusual pilgrimage to the far away krall of a robust witch-doctor; his dramatic come across and courting with the daughter of a retired colonial governor; all are examples of African aspect and eu counterpoint, in a hugely unique topic, relocating to a surprisingly presaged and omened climax.