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The Harmless People

Marshall Thomas, Elizabeth

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ISBN 10: 0140026169 / ISBN 13: 9780140026160
Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd, 1969
Gebraucht Zustand: Good Softcover
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1969. 255 pages. Good condition vintage Penguin paperback. Great reading copy. Pages may be yellowed or foxed and covers may show signs of scuffing or shelf wear. Fast dispatch, international shipping. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1460398270CMK

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Titel: The Harmless People

Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd

Erscheinungsdatum: 1969

Einband: Softcover

Zustand:Good

Art des Buches: book

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A study of primitive people which, for beauty of...style and concept, would be hard to match." -- The New York Times Book Review

In the 1950s Elizabeth Marshall Thomas became one of the first Westerners to live with the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Botswana and South-West Africa. Her account of these nomadic hunter-gatherers, whose way of life had remained unchanged for thousands of years, is a ground-breaking work of anthropology, remarkable not only for its scholarship but for its novelistic grasp of character. On the basis of field trips in the 1980s, Thomas has now updated her book to show what happened to the Bushmen as the tide of industrial civilization -- with its flotsam of property rights, wage labor, and alcohol -- swept over them. The result is a powerful, elegiac look at an endangered culture as well as a provocative critique of our own.

"The charm of this book is that the author can so truly convey the strangeness of the desert life in which we perceive human traits as familiar as our own....The Harmless People is a model of exposition: the style very simple and precise, perfectly suited to the neat, even fastidious activities of a people who must make their world out of next to nothing."

-- The Atlantic

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On the basis of field trips in the 1980s, Thomas has now updated her book to show what happened to the Bushmen as the tide of industrial civilization-with its flotsam of property rights, wage labor, and alcohol-swept over them.

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