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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (3 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009942875X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099428756
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Lost World of the Kalahari (1958) and The Heart of the Hunter (1961)...are loathed by San scholars and serious ethnologists. But they matter. Van der Post gave a face and a story to a discarded people before anyone else thought to do so." (Guardian)

"A master storyteller, he had the knack of identifying the significant, poetical image" (Sunday Times)

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In this enthralling book van der Post establishes his role as a distinguished explorer and writer describing the rediscovery of the Bushmen, outcast survivors from Stone Age Africa.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Zooks on 18 Jan. 2004
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Laurens van der Post's classic tale of his expedition to find and understand the San bushmen of the Kalahari takes the reader on a mystical journey into a different world. It is brilliantly told, capturing the vast dryness of Botswana and the attitudes of the very different peoples of that part of Africa. He is neither embarrassingly politically correct (as modern authors on the subject can be) nor patronising. His humour and palpable excitement draw you in completely. You can feel the rumble of the Landrover, taste the dust, and smell the sweat of the sacred Eland as they move deeper and deeper into the bush.
It is hard to imagine that the San could ever have existed in such a desolate land, but that they did until so recently - and perhaps still do - untouched by the outside world, seems almost beyond belief.
Outstanding.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Horsfall on 18 Dec. 2007
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I would like to rebut one reviewer's comments that van der Post had never been to Africa before he wrote this, which is poppycock, and that reviewer clearly hadn't read the book.
This is a great read, it is somewhat a pop anthropology book, but that is not why you should read it. It is in the ilk of 'green hills of africa', and a brilliant travel/expedition book. I must say that i have been to parts of africa and it has helped my imagination run wild whilst reading this book. But I'm sure it would appeal just as much to those who just have a vivid imagination. The book is full of well written description, and has a real thread to the whole book (something 'green hills of africa' lacks). It centres on van der Post's attempts to find the San Bushmen.
Van der Post is a well renowned writer, and despite this book being relatively old, it is still excellent, and something you'll not want to put down once you've started it.
A great book to read if you're going to Southern Africa, or have an interest in the region and it's peoples.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RGT on 18 Sept. 2013
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I bought this as a gift for a friend as we recently visited some Bushmen in Botswana and learned a lot from them about their culture and history and their very different lives in the 21st century. I am a Laurens Van Der Post fan - I have most of his books - and now will have to re-read them all! I strongly recommend this particular book if you have any interest in Africa and its history. I know I will become immersed in his poetic language and the plight of the bushmen. A master of his craft.
The book did not arrive until the day after the estimated delivery date but I think it may have been despatched from Belgium - perhaps that's why?
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Royale on 8 Mar. 2006
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This is an exciting, narrative-driven tale which despite our better understanding of tribal life in Africa - thanks mostly to the amazing documentaries we frequently see on TV today - it still has a sense of urgency and relevance to the present moment. Most of that is due to the author's talent as a writer. Van der Post is truly - not arguably - one of the greatest author's of the 20th century. Some of his sentences strike you with such power and eloquence that you have to re-read them to be sure that what you have just read is possible to say. His writing is nothing short of poetry - the greatest poetry. I would recommend this, or any of his other works.
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I am enjoying this beautifully humanistic study of the Bushmen of the Kalahari even more than than I did at the first reading. Hard to put down once you get into it.
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By Marcus Finch on 17 May 2014
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The author paints scenes with words and really knows his subject through experience. A real insight into the changing face of Africa and it's peoples.
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By bobandev on 4 Mar. 2014
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An absolutely fascinating and exciting account. the best travel book since 7 years in tibet. It gives a great insight into a lost people who were great painters on a massive scale.
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