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The Seed Thief Paperback – June 8, 2016
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"The Seed Thief is one of those rare books which deliver on all fronts and leave you completely satisfied … The characters are subtly drawn; their relationships authentic and fascinating. The tension of the plot is perfectly taut throughout. Stylistically, the novel is flawless." (LitNet)
"The Seed Thief is a richly sensuous experience and L’Ange an alchemist who has mixed an exotic and mesmerising potion." (Pretoria News)
"[T]his story sings across its pages. It traces a tale of redemption and seeking love and truth with the beauty of a symphony. I have seldom read a book as beautifully imagined, executed and felt." (Cape Times)
"The Seed Thief is a rich tale that is part quest narrative, part story of self-discovery and awakening … It’s a novel that feels like a dream you can remember for only an instant upon waking, and then floats away into the ephemeral, leaving behind only a warm glow and a desire for more." (Essentials)
“While a passionate love story and a botanical mystery form the framework of the plot, L’Ange explores a myriad other fascinating themes and threads in this wide-ranging, lush and layered work… The Seed Thief is a richly sensuous experience and L’Ange an alchemist who has mixed an exotic and mesmerising potion.” (Avis Perks, IOL)
“Who knew a tiny star-shaped seed from near-extinct tree could spark so enchanting, suspenseful, and intensely spiritual a tale as Jacqui L’Ange’s debut novel, The Seed Thief? …I lost myself in a story that is lovingly crafted with words that capture the minutiae of the tiniest elements of biology and the larger-than-life culture of South America’s biggest nation. The Seed Thief is a story of worlds beneath worlds within worlds, of surrendering to the splendour of chaos and the beauty of the mysterious.” (Andrea van Wyk, And the Plot Thickens)
“The Seed Thief is a richly sensuous experience and L’ange an alchemist who has mixed an exotic and mesmerising potion.” (Cape Argus)
“L’ange’s lissom prose carries a sense of place, and purpose. Passion and betrayal ooze from Salvador’s streets.” (Business Day)
“It traces a tale of redemption and seeking love and truth with the beauty of a symphony.” (Cape Times)
“A beautifully crafted and poetically detailed story on bio-piracy set in South Africa and Brazil.” (The Star)
About the Author
Jacqui L’Ange was born in Durban, South Africa and grew up across five continents. As a journalist she attended the first ever United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio, in 1992. Over the past twenty years she has produced award-winning work in advertising, television, film, and multi-media. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Cape Town, and was books editor for Psychologies and O – The Oprah Magazine. She currently lives in Cape Town with her family and a menagerie of other animals.
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L’Ange shows us that such dissimilar worlds can meet; and it appears that language, which she masters thoroughly, can be an expression of the unity that her atheist main character found in the terreiro de candomblé where she ended up falling (and finding a big part of herself). No rush at all along the whole attention-catching plot – there are even some strategic “in transit” chapters –: a care for how people and living beings relate with each other in the two different locations construct a novel that’s deeply concerned with ethics. All (integrity, respect, attention), things that are important in our present-day world and lives. As Hermann Hesse, as quoted in one of the letters, puts it: “when we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Home is neither here or there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.”
There are so many lessons learned along the way and author Jacqui L'Ange elevates the narrative with a concise, clever and witty flow of words, a beautiful plot, inevitably taking her readers on an unforgettable life lesson.
It's one of those books you can't put down...until it's done and you want to read it all over again! The Seed Thief is absolutely a must read!
(Fred Sampaio, Alexandria, Virginia, USA)