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Starred Review. When Thomas was 19, her father, one of the founders of Raytheon, moved her family to Africa to live among the bushmen of the Kalahari. It's hard to imagine a teenager today who would not only give up the comforts of living in an industrialized nation like the United States but also utterly embrace and come to love a group of people who live without possessions or even permanent dwellings. Thomas sees the !Kung San as noble people, and her voice imparts the respect—almost awe—she feels in their presence. Her narration is as intimate as if she were sharing with friends her intricate knowledge of the plants and animals of the Kalahari. She speaks Ju/wasi, the click language, so she can easily explain much by using the group's own words. Thomas's voice is also wise and loving: she helps us see as these gentle people do and takes us with her through their endangered, fragile environment.
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If you love The Kalahari and Africa this book is for you...already reading it again...so well done EMT...cheers...Published 9 days ago by Steven K. Lumpkin
After visiting the San people in Namibia I was curious to learn about the Marshall family and what the San were like in those days. It was very interesting.Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey Tusing
This is a simply wondrous book. The author was one of the first modern white people to actually study the Bushmen, and liked the experience so much that she kept going back. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Vinnie O
This is an eloquent description of a way of life that was thought to be long forgotten but has elements that still exist in our life today. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dr Marty Turner
I have listened to this audiobook three times, as narrated by the author, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. Read morePublished 7 months ago by BasenjiMom
In her book "The Old Way", Elizabeth Marshall Thomas tells us about the Ju/wasi people of the Kalahari in Africa, often referred to as the "Bushmen. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. P. Cotta Jr.
The author spent time in the early 1950's living with the bushmen of the Kalahari desert, and returned to visit them over many decades. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Thomas Adams
Elizebeth Marshall Thomas has put together a very intersting work on a way of life that might seem hard to fathom by most people who have access to this website. Read morePublished 15 months ago by TED KAZ