About Blady: A Pattern Out of Time

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Sir Laurens, whose life has encompassed African expeditions and years as a Japanese POW, recalls events-some joyful, some tragic-and in so doing provides the framework for an exploration into the human spirit.
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Sir Laurens, whose life has encompassed African expeditions and years as a Japanese POW, recalls events-some joyful, some tragic-and in so doing provides the framework for an exploration into the human spirit.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this rhapsodic, self-dramatizing spiritual autobiography which often verges on the mystical, famed explorer van der Post seeks a patternsee last sentence in his life's seemingly random events. His great love of horses, especially a black-and-tan mare named Blady, inspires flights of philosophical speculation on human relationship to nature, the soul's immortality and the unhealthy devaluation of the feminine in modern life. Hopping around in time and place from fighting the Japanese in Java during WW II to watching sunsets on the Kalahari desert, he contemplates his son's experience with terminal cancer and theorizes that the origins of disease reside in the soul. His friendships with Jung and with Jungian analysts fuel his ruminations on ``the sickness of our time,'' defined here as a refusal to enlarge one's awareness. Seeking renewal, van der Post imaginatively enters the mythological realm of Zeus and Prometheus. Many transcendent moments experienced on his travels punctuate his quest. this point made in first sentence/right you are, as always. don't need, so I've cut.gs (May)
Library Journal
To this unconventional autobiography, van der Post has given a title that symbolizes rather than describes his book. The South African writer of novels, travel journals, and books in other literary genres concentrates less on recording events in his life, with the usual succession of dates and names, and more on attempting to express a vision of life; a vision crystallized in a horse named Blady. Van der Post has spent his life in many places, has met many people, and has acquired a miscellaneous store of knowledge. He has the strength and weakness of an impulsive writer, entirely free from self-consciousness. His lines are as natural as a running stream, but his substance is elusive. The meditation from which his thoughts spring is rich and varied, but it is too remote from common interest to hold the attention of many readers.-- A.J. Anderson, GSLIS, Simmons Coll., Boston
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  • ISBN-13: 9780156026055
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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