The Lost World of the Kalahari Paperback – 3 Jan 2002
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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)
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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?
It deals with its planning and all the difficulties encountered. The purpose of the trip was to find Bushmen in their natural state.
Eventually these people are found.
What makes this a good book is van der Post's power of description. It may be that there is embellishment, but he makes something that could have been dull an enthralling read.
The photographs are stunning and not contrived. This whole book records for all times something so fundamentally important to us all and the realisation that through greed, violence and deviousness we have this innate ability (generalisation of our human nature at its core) to throw away so much and lose that which is valuable. Our lives and future become diminished as a result.
So an uplifting book on the one hand and a depressing read in some other aspects.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A product of Van der Post's times, the book nevertheless offers fascinating insights into a lost culture.Published 5 months ago by Nathalie Andrews
Great read from a bygone era, it's easy to forget such times existed less than a century ago. Don't read any more reviews, just buy the book and read that instead!Published 10 months ago by Bikerbod
Amazing what we did not in fact know and how persecution changed the face of Africa foreverPublished 12 months ago by allan Ross-smith
Story of expedition to find few remaining bushmen of the Kalahari. A wonderful book; both lyrical and gripping.Published 18 months ago by Ro
Lovely - Like many, I would love to have lived in the ways of the bushman - long gone but kept alive by the author of this book.Published 19 months ago by Christine Mary Shelley
Excellent, as are all his books. Gives a true feel of the bushman and his life.Published 19 months ago by MR P A RAWLINGS
A fascinating insight into the issues in this region - still relevant todayPublished 22 months ago by Setter
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.Published on 15 Jun. 2014 by Daisy
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