THE HEALING LAND: A Kalahari Journey Paperback – 1 Jul 2008
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• ‘The story is a familiar one, but it has never been told quite this way, by a narrator so open-hearted, optimistic and vulnerable to enchantment… This is a very sweet book, full of mystery, magic and strange coincidence, and it even has a happy ending, unusual in Africa. Highly recommended.’
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Brought up on family stories about the bushmen of the Kalahari, Rupert Isaacson journeys to this dry vast grassland – which stretches across South Africa, Botswana and Namibia – to find out the truth behind these childhood myths. Deep in the arid heartland, Isaacson meets the last groups of Bushmen still living the traditional way, caught between their ancient culture and the growing need to protect and reclaim their dwindling hunting grounds. Little by little he is drawn into the fascinating web of ritual and prophecy that make up the Bushman reality, until at last he is sent in search of Besa, a powerful healer and shape-shifter. what follows is an adventure of an intensity he could never have predicted.
Part travel writing, part history of the Bushmen, part personal quest, The Healing Land records what Isaacson finds these silent, empty spaces: the trance dance he attends, the wildlife he hunts, the wild plants he helps gather, the characters, corruption, kindness and confusion of a people who have wrenched themselves from the Stone Age into the new millennium.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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I also feel that the author does not let "enthusiam for a cause" run away with an honest and objective evaluation of all parties involved in the bitter struggle which inevitably follows countries, and peoples, trying to regain the rights and lands which were stripped from them by colonialism.
Upon completion of this book, I had the feeling that the "healing process" between the parties involved in any normalization process of this nature is more important than that of "winning or losing".
All in all, this was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative book which I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in advancing their understanding of one of the oldest and most interesting cultures on our planet and of one of the most important issues of our time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this because I was caught by his last book, and although it wasn't as riveting, I still enjoyed itPublished 9 months ago by Linda Moore
This is the 3rd book I have red of Rupert's, I really enjoy the way he describes all that is happening - I had to keep remembering that this is true life and not fictionPublished 12 months ago by Ms. Jill D. Ellis
The author follows his own personal quest for family roots in Botswana and to understand the oppression of the Kalahari Bushmen. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jules
A captivating read in so many ways and so many levels. The descriptions of the scenery and people are so vivid. It's a very atmospheric book and one I'll read again . Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2013 by Catherine Brown
If you are looking to understand the hunter-gatherer way of life, then you won't find it here. This is the rosy vision (perhaps not too rosy by the end of the book) of someone... Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2013 by Gordon Toumaniantz
It's a very interesting story, of shamanism in this part of Africa. Not a particularly well written book really but the story is an important one. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2013 by Mandalou