The Hissing Tree

The Hissing Tree

by A. M. Winter

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ISBN-13: 9781463727970
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/17/2013
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A.M. Winter's The Hissing Tree is a startling book. It is the story of a young white girl ruffian set in Southern Rhodesia during the early 1950s. I know the author and although I hid it, I felt put upon when I was asked to read an early draft of this "first" novel. Ugh! I thought. However I did and I was simply not prepared for the compelling and magically told story that was to unfold in its pages.Not since I first read Cry The Beloved Country and Too Late The Phalarope, by Alan Paton, A Story Like The Wind and A Far Off Place by Laurens Van Der Post, and Out Of Africa by Isak Dinesen, have I been so affected by a story set in Africa in the horrible time of colonization (and apartheid). Without preaching, the story charts its path through the life of a 12-year old white girl and that of the people, black and white, around her all the time showing sometimes - subtly, sometimes not so subtly - the horrors of racism and its affect on the human spirit.I will not give away more of the story, but from the first fateful moments when tomboy Nicole, (Nick) climbs the wall of the nearby police station to peek at the brutal flogging of a poor black bicycle thief to prove she can be one of the guys, to the last gripping pages of this story of a deeply changed soon to be young teenager, I could not put the book down. Filled with rich characters whose small lives seem heightened and made more vital by the harshness around them, The Hissing Tree is an unvarnished, often disturbing and unforgiving look at a dark era, while at the same time being a vastly entertaining and profoundly moving look at a young girl's life - a life, and a time, few of us can even imagine. The short of all this is that I loved the book. Robert Callely - New York City