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The Lost World of the Kalahari
     

The Lost World of the Kalahari

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by Laurens van der Post
 

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From the time of his boyhood in South Africa, Laurens van der Post dreamed of finding the last of the disappearing mystical people of the Kalahari - the Bushmen. The opportunity finally came, and van der Post was able to organize an expedition into the interior of the desert, but the trip was not without its hazards, its disappointments, and its surprises. The Lost

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From the time of his boyhood in South Africa, Laurens van der Post dreamed of finding the last of the disappearing mystical people of the Kalahari - the Bushmen. The opportunity finally came, and van der Post was able to organize an expedition into the interior of the desert, but the trip was not without its hazards, its disappointments, and its surprises. The Lost World of the Kalahari is a "compelling book" (Doris Lessing, New Statesman) and a first-rate account of that grueling but ultimately successful journey through one of the most remote, primitive regions of Africa. For author and readers alike, this is an experience filled with both profound spiritual and intense physical adventure.

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“No one can write more feelingly of Africa. An experience not to be missed.” 
— Elspeth Huxley

"An outstanding book — I rank Laurens van der Post with the best writers of English-this book confirms my constant admiration and the nobility of his mind."
— Raymond Mortimer, Sunday Times

"I hope all those who are appalled by the destruction of Hiroshima will read this book-for a greater understanding of what man is capable of doing to his fellows in time of war."
— Daily Telegraph

"No one can write more feelingly of Africa — an experience not to be missed." 
— Evening Standard

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850890072
Publisher:
ISIS Large Print Books
Publication date:
10/28/1985
Pages:
297

Meet the Author

Laurens van der Post was born in Africa in 1906. Most of his adult life was spent divided between Africa and England. His professions of writer and farmer were interrupted by ten years in the army, behind enemy lines in Abyssinia, the Western Desert and the Far East where he was taken prisoner by the Japanese while commanding a small guerrilla unit. He went straight from prison back to active service in Java. He was awarded the CBE for his services in the field.

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The Lost World Of The Kalahari 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I recently discovered a 1958 edition of this book in my deceased father-in-law's library and just said to my mother-in-law 'This is now my book!'. I have been to the bushmen of the Kalahari in and arround the Central Kalahari Game Reserve a few times myself and I was captivated by this book. Its written around the time I was born and covers an age I did not know but had me cringing with nostaligia for those wilder days. The writer was the most incredible of gentlemen and the whole book is permeated with his gentle spirit. There are many personal cameos where he just opens up his heart and spills out his most intimate feelings - like the story about the buffalo... His love for the bushmen whom he never realy had encountered before is amazing and its just a wonderful book about human nature, the bushmen, the African wildlife and the wonder of nature. The story realy comes alive when he eventually finds the original bushmen he was looking for. It's a classic piece of African writing about Africa. If you want to go on a Safari to Africa then don't read this book because the Africa described in this book does unfortunately not exist anymore. He would have been heartbroken, like I was, if he had to see what the Botswana government has done to the bushmen in removing them from the Central Kalahiri Game Reserve, the reserve that was created for them, and placing them outside in a dusty, messy town and given them cattle and rations as if they were just an ordinary native tribe. I would not hesitate to recommend that you buy the book and prepare for a sleepless few nights while you finish it!