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The Xhosa Double [Kindle Edition]

Ned Livingstone
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Book Description

“The Xhosa Double” is a novel based upon fictional characters in real life situations set in the recent history of South Africa. It is a story woven around actual events which occurred in the troubled times that the country and its inhabitants experienced.
It tells of the life of a cattle herder and a distant relative from the same tribe who ascended to great heights and fame in their own life times.
It also speaks of the struggle for freedom from racist ideology and apartheid and is the story some of those who fought to maintain white supremacy.
A young cattle herder loses face before the tribal elders and his peers when he faints after his ritual circumcision at the age of eighteen years. He flees from the scene of his embarrassment and makes his way to the nearest town. By a combination of luck, charm and deviousness he eventually is able make his way to the city of Johannesburg to work underground as a gold miner. From there, fortune smiles upon him. But his life changes when the apartheid government needs him to advance the hope of peace in the land.
His distant relative, higher born, becomes a lawyer and a proponent and major luminary in the anti apartheid movement. He is brought to trail and sentenced to twenty seven years imprisonment.
The white supremacist government tries on its own, and then in consort with the CIA to control the burgeoning of the black population by covert means. The South African Intelligence Agency, Biomedical Research Department, is instrumental in the discovery of the AIDS virus and participates in spread of the disease.
In order to lessen violence, interracial and internecine strife in South Africa, a deception of major proportion is undertaken. It is successful. A black President is elected, and the white government accepts power sharing with the black majority as the only way to prevent more bloodshed and revolution.
The deception which was perpetrated on the world at large and on South Africa continues,
The author states that this novel is a book of fiction and any resemblance to persons living or dead is coincidental

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Sipho lay in agony on the reed matt. Reaching under the dirty cloth loosely wrapped around his lower waist, he touched his penis, or rather he touched the mud and blood soaked bandage on it and winced in pain.
He had been placed in a hut near the river with other young Xhosa. They had for weeks been disciplined, served a sparse diet, cleansed and lectured to. Their bodies painted in black mud stripes and their faces with white stripes....they were made to run, fight, dance and to chant and order to prepare them for the circumcision which was meant to mark the passage from boyhood to manhood....
When the "abakweta" or ritual circumcision was performed on him Sipho fainted. The others, once circumcised, had run towards the river to the sound of drums..... He had fainted, thereby disgracing himself before his peers and before the elders.
Slowly and in great pain, Sipho dragged himself up and crawled out of the hut, like a dog slinking into the night. He knew he could not remain....he would make his way to Umtata, then to Egoli, "The City of Gold" or Johannesburg, eventually to become head of the country, by deception....

Product Details

  • File Size: 245 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Publisher: Ned Livingstone; 2 edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008894ACY
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5.0 out of 5 stars A read to remember! June 4, 2012
By Anon
Format:Kindle Edition
An excellent and engaging read. The author has a knack for integrating a superb story from various sources and character profiles. Could not put it down!
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More About the Author

Ned Livingstone was born in South Africa and came to England in the early 70's. He was amongst those who protested against apartheid outside South Africa House in Trafalgar Square.

He qualified as a Dental Surgeon and lived in Manchester, Oxford, London and Hampshire.

He trained as a pilot in South Africa. His hobbies include art, music and current affairs.

During his time as a university student in Johannesburg, he and several of his friends were placed under surveillance by the apartheid authorities. Some of his friends went underground or mysteriously disappeared, never to be seen again. Some were arrested. The father of one of his friends active in the anti-apartheid movement, was shot and killed by unknown persons.

The anti-apartheid counter intelligence agency attempted to recruit him into their service as an agent. During this time in South Africa his practice was used as a drop address for secret correspondence from abroad. He fed the authorities snippets of information and false information aimed at misleading them.

His political convictions underwent a radical change, when after the ascension to power of the African National Congress,South Africa descended into near anarchy, crime and lawlessness. Today, the country is ruled by an ineptocracy, fueled by corruption. Poverty and crime persist in the author's birthland.

His first novel "The Xhosa Double" is a work of fiction set and woven around historical fact.

His interest in Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensics was sparked by his teachers at University, in particular Professors Raymond Dart and Philip Tobias.

Even as a teenager, he read all he could about the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Copper Scroll. His latest imaginative novel, "The Scroll of Copper", set in Egypt, Europe, America, South Africa and the Middle East shortly before the Arab Spring, is evidence of his knowledge of the Scrolls and of history and world affairs.

The author now lives in Canada and the USA.


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