A Far Off Place by Laurens Van Der Post

A Far Off Place

Not only is A Far Off Place an exciting tale of a harrowing escape into the Kalahari Desert of Africa, but it is a beautifully written work by the South African author, Laurens Van Der Post.  This book is a sequel to A Story Like the Wind, but I had not read that work beforehand.  It wasn’t necessary to enjoy this novel, but reviewers who have read both works claim the second will be better appreciated having read the first.

The story begins when young Francois Joubert narrowly escapes the massacre of his family and must journey across the desert in order to survive.  His companions are his faithful dog, his young female friend, and two bushmen.  The story is gripping, but a slow read, because of the author’s carefully laid backdrop of imagery, as well as inner thought.  A beautiful work!

I admit I have not seen the Disney movie based on this work, but am now eager to do so.

4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1974
311 pages

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