The healing land : the Bushmen and the Kalahari Desert

by Isaacson, Rupert.

Format: Print Book 2002
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Brought up on myths of the Kalahari Bushmen, Isaacson journeys to the dry vast grassland--which stretches across South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia--to find out the truth behind these childhood stories.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This heart-wrenching story has connections worldwide with indigenous peoples' struggle for survival and identity. Isaacson's personal journey with the Bushmen of southern Africa brings you up close to the urgency of their present displacement, even as he connects it with their long heritage of "death, disaster, and despair." The Bushmen were there first, but as hunters and food-gatherers they threatened the settlers and farmers, black and white, who came later and drove out the Stone Age people. Is there a place now for the Bushmen in the game parks and eco-tourism industry? Can their land claim succeed in the new South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana? How much must they change? The writer's personal transformation and mystical healing experience are less interesting than his passionate viewpoint as journalist, anthropologist, and lobbyist. He's honest about the alcoholism, breakdown, and violence among the people he gets close to in the resettlement camps, and he offers no easy answers--especially now that diamonds have been discovered where the Bushmen live. --Hazel Rochman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The son of a South African mother and a Rhodesian father but raised in London, travel writer Isaacson felt a longing for the Bushmen of his mother's stories and of Laurens Van Der Post's The Lost World of the Kalahari. Things are different today; in postapartheid South Africa, the question of the survival of the Bushmen is framed by their struggle to gain back their land. Dispossessed from their wide roaming areas by a series of foreign invaders over the course of the 20th century, Bushmen have gradually been moved to reservations where they can't hunt or heal in traditional ways. Alcohol abuse and domestic violence have become common. At first, Isaacson looks for the mythical Bushman, who rises before dawn to track and kill wild animals, stops for a reflective pause in the shade to offer spiritual parables and caps the day by a campfire barbecue with singing and dancing into the small hours of the night. But as Isaacson struggles with drunk villagers, broken-down vehicles and petty scamming by people accustomed to living off the stupidity of tourists, he loses his navet and finds his real Bushmen, eventually forming his own bond with them. This isn't spiritual tourism; Isaacson's account is too funky and too honest about the very human weaknesses of real-life Bushmen. Still, readers come away with respect for the struggles of all indigenous people, coupled with an awareness that they may not live particularly pretty lives themselves. Agent, Kim Witherspoon. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Isaacson, Rupert -- Travel -- Africa, Southern.
Isaacson, Rupert -- Travel -- Kalahari Desert.
San (African people) -- Africa, Southern -- Social life and customs.
San (African people) -- Kalahari Desert -- Social life and customs.
Africa, Southern -- Description and travel.
Kalahari Desert -- Description and travel.
Publisher New York :Grove Press,2002
Edition 1st American ed.
Language English
Notes Originally published: London : Fourth Estate, 2001.
Description xiv, 278 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0802117392
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