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Swallow: A Tale of the Great Trek (Dodo Press) Paperback – January 25, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Dodo Press (January 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406569518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406569513
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,528,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Weiser Wendel on October 25, 2010
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I downloaded this book because I was intrigued by the subtitle, "A Tale of the Great Trek." Well, it wasn't really about the trek -- it was about an impossibly wonderful and perfect girl and her even more impossibly wonderful and perfect, and abnormally devoted, black servant/"witch doctress." One doesn't read this sort of book looking for literature, but the yarn was well-knit, if it is possible to say that, and I kept turning the pages. There is some interesting information about the Afrikaner lifestyle in the 19th century, and the first person narrative voice is essentially successful, especially in the beginning. But, come on -- when was the last time you saw a man "wringing his hands"?
If you know what you are getting into -- basically a Classics Illustrated comic book, rife with political incorrectness -- you'll find this an amusing way to pass an hour in the doctor's office, for example. If you expect something that toes the line of contemporary thinking,you will be horrified. Caveat reader.
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Enjoyed the thought of the little girl finding a brother and then watching them grow up together. I never studied the boor wars but this made me want to go read more about it. Unsettling how the people never seemed to have a solid home between the Brits and the Kaffirs and the Zulus.
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Rider Haggard was an immensely popular writer, and every new novel of his was eagerly awaited, and then devoured by his fans. It is worth the trouble to go beyond King Solomon's Mines, his best-known work, there are many more exciting stories to discover! Swallow is a totally believable character, and so is her tough little friend, a kind of witch-doctor princess. Their tale is narrated by Swallow's mother. What a story! You won't be able to put your Kindle down.
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By Coby on September 25, 2014
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