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Titel: A Walk with a White Bushman
Verlag: Penguin, London
Zustand: Very Good
Penguin 1987; Good to very good in paperback; 326 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 21228
Inhaltsangabe: Van der Post calls Jungian psychology a modern weapon for healing a divided world. Applying it to South Africa, he claims that apartheid is gradually crumbling, strongly opposes economic or political sanctions and urges all parties to stop projecting their "shadows" upon one another. Our age has tilted to a rationalist extreme, the author argues, and collectivist religious cults, "tribal" rock music and feminism ("a form of Amazonian gang warfare") offer no real solutions; individuals and nations alike must "individuate" or develop their unique identities. Growing up in Africa, Van Der Post's thoughts in conversation with Jean Marc Pottier are recorded. Van Der Post was reared by "a Stone Age person," a female Bushman nurse who taught him reverence for life. These intimate conversations cover journeys to Japan, Indonesia and Tibet; friendships with Jung and Yukio Mishima; thoughts on Conrad, the intelligence of elephants, spirit possession in the Kalahari Desert and much else.
"I rank Laurens van der Post with the best writers of English - this book confirms my constant admiration and the nobility of his mind" (Raymond Mortimer Sunday Times)
"Bushmen, Africa, the relation of man to animals (beautiful stories about elephants), Japan and Japanese prisoner-of-war camps, the forgiveness of enemies, June, spiritual growth, Churchill, Smuts, Mountbatten... Such a rapid catalogue must omit much of what he talks about, but may give some impression of the book's riches" (The Times)
"A deeply thoughtful, engrossing book about his fascinatingly varied life and unusual ideas... Refreshingly unconventional, inspiring, optimistic, wise and true" (Sunday Express)
"Overflows with ideas and insights gained during a long and eventful life" (Independent)
"No one can write more feelingly of Africa... An experience not to be missed" (Evening Standard)
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