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About Blady: A Pattern Out of Time Hardcover – May, 1992

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In 1991, five years before he died, South Africa-born writer and amateur ethnographer Sir Laurens van der Post took a long look at his life and the small details that resonated over time. Among the things he recalls in this luminous book of autobiography are a majestic French horse, the Blady of his title; the sound of the ocean as it breaks on the capes of Africa and South America; and a wondrous encounter with a meteor in the Kalahari Desert. This book, weaving natural and personal history, is full of animals, dreams, myths, the African desert, and Mediterranean sunlight. Every page brings a new pleasure. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this rhapsodic, self-dramatizing spiritual autobiography which often verges on the mystical, famed explorer van der Post seeks a patternsee last sentence in his life's seemingly random events. His great love of horses, especially a black-and-tan mare named Blady, inspires flights of philosophical speculation on human relationship to nature, the soul's immortality and the unhealthy devaluation of the feminine in modern life. Hopping around in time and place from fighting the Japanese in Java during WW II to watching sunsets on the Kalahari desert, he contemplates his son's experience with terminal cancer and theorizes that the origins of disease reside in the soul. His friendships with Jung and with Jungian analysts fuel his ruminations on "the sickness of our time," defined here as a refusal to enlarge one's awareness. Seeking renewal, van der Post imaginatively enters the mythological realm of Zeus and Prometheus. Many transcendent moments experienced on his travels punctuate his quest. this point made in first sentence/right you are, as always. don't need, so I've cut.gs
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; First Edition edition (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688114121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688114121
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence D. Walker on August 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Laurens van der Post gives us glimpses into various parts of his life, and finally bears down on the subject of the title of this book, a mare called Blady, spotted in a field by a young horsewoman of Argentine origins in Spain, purchased on the spot, and trained and ridden by her against against the greatest rider in all of Spain. Van der Post writes the story with great affection for the for the young woman and her mare. Many insights are given into the complex interrealtions and customs of the Spanish, none more interesting than Laurens' reflections on the meaning and symbolism of the bullfight.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debra Gifford on September 3, 2009
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This book arrived in excellent condition - I am very pleased with this book. No marks, folds, writing - just perfect.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
ABOUT BLADY is a touching book about life and death. It inspired this poem which I hope will suffice as a reveiw.
HE DIED OF CANCER HE WAS 68 HE DIED OF CANCER HE WAS 36 HE DIED OF CANCER HE WAS 24
LATTER RAINS come sparking on a comet's tail out of control
strike a silent blow to grow in him out of sight coming in visionary midnight dreams
frightening misunderstood meaning clear in afterthought
after ravaged body nears end of capability felt end of being
Pain no pills can erase subdued by chords of Beethoven passages of Mozart
Sunshine overshadowed by death clouds a peaceful finale echoes through stainglass windows to silence
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1 of 16 people found the following review helpful By djmjs@aol.com on February 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
ABOUT BLADY is a touching book about life and death. It inspired this poem which I hope will suffice as a reveiw.
HE DIED OF CANCER HE WAS 68 HE DIED OF CANCER HE WAS 36 HE DIED OF CANCER HE WAS 24
LATTER RAINS come sparking on a comet's tail out of control
strike a silent blow to grow in him out of sight coming in visionary midnight dreams
frightening misunderstood meaning clear in afterthought
after ravaged body nears end of capability felt end of being
Pain no pills can erase subdued by chords of Beethoven passages of Mozart
Sunshine overshadowed by death clouds a peaceful finale echoes through stainglass windows to silence
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