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A Story Like the Wind Paperback – November 8, 1978
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About the Author
The extraordinary life of Laurens van der Post is not easily capsulized. Author of of many books, farmer, soldier, prisoner of war, political adviser to British heads of state, educator, humanitarian, philosopher, explorer, and conservationist are titles that barely indicate the depth and breadth of this rare individual. Born in 1906 in the interior of southern Africa, he lived among the people who created the first blueprint for life on earth, becoming the principal chronicler of the Stone Age Kalahari Bushmen. He was also one of C.G. Jung's closest friends for sixteen years. Van der Post dedicated his life to teaching the meaning and value of indigenous cultures in the modern world, a world he felt is in danger of losing its spiritual identity to technology, prejudice, empty values, and a lack of understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on earth. Awarded a knighthood (the C.B.E.) in 1981, Sir Laurens died after his 90th birthday, in December, 1996.
He has written the following books:
A Far Off Place
The Heart of the Hunter
A Story Like the Wind
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Most tellingingly, he had a Bushman nanny, of that small and persecuted race, who triumphed in the barreness of the Kalahari, existing as if at a banquet, for whom telepathy was a commonplace, as they lived in the world of the inner voice. From that childhood, he passed into manhood and became a friend of Jung, who foresaw WWII and dreaded it. Therein, VdP, leading a rearguard commando (which the Boers invented) to delay the Japanese in their conquest of the Dutch East Indies, he was captured and spent the whole of the war in Hell on earth, a Japanese POW concentration camp, where he was further schooled in the travails and triumphs of the spirit.
There are (a few) people in the West who can be both of the modern world and a shaman of the spirit: VdP is one.
I was introduced to his writing as a teenager by my mother. She had been paralyzed by polio when I was a year old and was a tower of courage and spirit in a nearly immobile body. VdP's books were a talisman for her, and a new book was a source of rejoicing. I envy all of you who are reading them for the first time. One of VdP's characters in this book says, "Those who look before they leap, don't". Leap for these books.
Francois, the teenager, does not have a first hand experience of the Bushman's world. However, through the eyes (and stories) of his nanny (Koba) he gains an appreciation of their values, their spirituality, and of course their way of live. Through the eyes of his father's partners on Hunter's Drift he comes to appreciate (in a practical way) the ways of the bush and the principles governing live in paradise.
Sadly by the end of the story paradise has been raped and all its principles violated in man's quest to bring civilization to this place of perfection. Paradise is gone with the wind!
I am recommending this to my teenage grand child. The protagonist is a teenage boy and the way the events unfold will be a glimpse into a land and age that no longer exists.
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van der Post takes the viewpoint of a young 13 year old boy, and through his story, and the stories of...Read more