A Far Off Place

A Far Off Place

by Laurens van der Post

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The story of a long, perilous journey undertaken by four survivors of a massacre: a teenage boy of European descent, a young white girl, and two Bushmen. The basis for a major film release from Walt Disney Pictures.

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ISBN-13: 9780156301985
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/08/1978
Series: Harvest Book Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 508,672
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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A Far off Place 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Banbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"A Far Off Place" is located in Africa, but also in the wild yet ordered regions of our own best selves. There is a hero, but he is not self-consciously so. There is a love story, but not a soft one. There is suffering, but it is not maudlin. A boy and his dog are thrust from their Edenic existence into a world of violence. They come through their harrowing journey to what is a happy ending--or at least as happy an ending as is possible in a world where the natural order has been upended. From a different point of view, it could be seen as just an horrendous story of loss and hardship; however, because of the heroic nature of the protagonist, we see beauty, strength, and possibilities of salvation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although it's a slow read, it's a very wonderful story and I deffinately suggest it. I think Laurens van der Post has written a story that is enjoyable and interesting, but mainly it teaches teens and young adults alot about how life is, in real-life situations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was seriously boring...it just has too many details and the story isn't all that interesting. i didn't get any exciting imagery or anything like that. I wouldn't recommend it for fellow teenagers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am sorehearted to find that so few people have read this book and it's predicessor. I first saw the film adaptation of this book and then later discovere the books in my Grandfather's library. Laurens van der Post became one of my favorite writers and am always recommending A Story Like the Wind and A Far off Place to my friends as a must-read. The story is amazing, but even more striking to me was the way that the story was told. THere is so much information in every sentance, and so much insight into cultures and individual minds. It changed the way I thought about many things and I read it repeatedly still, loving what I learn from it.