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Title: The story of an African farm
Author: Olive Schreiner
Publisher: Ad. Donker
ISBN 0949937576 / ISBN 0-949937-57-6
Original softcover, 13 x 20 cm, 281 pages
Fair. Little traces of usage. Inside clean.
Any discussion of the creative works of Olive Schreiner seems to centre on the novel The Story of an African Farm. Her other imaginative works are either ignored or hastily glossed over. She completed two other novels, Undine in 1876, her first completed book, which was published posthumously in 1929, and Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland in 1897, an allegorical indictment of Cecil John Rhodes and his chartered company. Her uncompleted novel, From Man to Man, on which she worked spasmodically for more than forty years was published in 1929. When this story begins we see the farmhouse blanched in moonlight and are introduced to the sleeping occupants. These are the major characters in the novel: the uncouth, grossly superstitious, unsympathetic Tant' Sannie, the three children who express different aspects of the author's nature, and the gentle, innocent and good Old Otto. The autobiographical nature of the work is not only implicit in the setting and in parts of the novel such as 'Times and Seasons' but also in many of the characters.
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