A Story like the Wind

A Story like the Wind

by Laurens van der Post

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Overview

Van der Post’s incomparable knowledge of Africa illuminates this epic novel, set near the Kalahari Desert, about a boy on the verge of manhood, his experiences with the wonder and mystery of a still-primitive land, and his secret friendship with the Bushman whose life he saves. The narrative of A Story like the Wind continues in A Far-Off Place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156852616
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/08/1978
Series: Harvest Book Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 204,831
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)

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A Story Like The Wind (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Story Like the Wind by Laurens van der Post is a coming of age tale about a young boy, Francois, raised on a remote farm in South Africa. This story is centered around the death of his father and his coming to terms with his loss and having to mature rather quickly. While his mother and father leave to consult doctors, Francois and his faithful companion, his dog Hin, spent their days together. We learn of his life and experience some of his adventures. From rescuing a bushman from a lion trap to consulting a witch doctor about his father, we are given insight into how this boy thinks and feels.Set in the late 1930¿s and based on his recollections, the author is able to paint a vivid picture about growing up in Africa. Francois¿ relations with the native people on the farm allow us to witness the rich oral traditions of these people. I did, however, find some of the descriptions were long winded and could become rather mind numbing, and at times, I felt the author wandered from his plot. Overall, I enjoyed this book, beautifully written but patience is definitely required.
RockRat More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was a young child, and it evoked such magnificent imagery that I have never forgotten it. It is a great tale for young children to read because it inspires a sense of adventure, rooted in the wisdom of the bushman. It is an easy read, for any child over the age of 8 years. It was made into a movie by Disney, but I would not recommend the movie as it was LOOSLY co-based upon this book and another.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book at the age of twelve and it has stuck with me ever since. It is wonderfully phrased and and put in the simplest possible way. It is most definatlety- and I do not say this lightly- one of my favorite books and it comes highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a difficult book to read mid highschool level; the content is complicated, and the author uses many proverbs of bush man.