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A Rip Van Winkle of the Kalahari, and Other Tales of South-West Africa

By: Frederick Carruthers Cornell
Published By: Double9 Books
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"A Rip Van Winkle of the Kalahari, and Other Tales of South-West Africa" is a collection of captivating tales authored by Frederick Carruthers Cornell. This book has been deemed a classic and has been a great collection of ideas that are comprehended into a single draft to read by readers of several age groups. Readers are compelled to continue reading to find out what happens next since the title character is so indulgent. Drawing upon his own experiences and insights from his time in South-West Africa (modern-day Namibia), Cornell weaves a tapestry of stories that provide a unique glimpse into the region's landscapes, cultures, and people. The titular story, "A Rip Van Winkle of the Kalahari," presents a mesmerizing narrative that transports readers into the heart of the arid Kalahari Desert. Through Cornell's descriptive prose, readers encounter a character who falls into a prolonged slumber, awakening to a world vastly different from the one he knew. This allegorical tale reflects themes of transformation, passage of time, and the changes that occur in the dynamic landscape of the desert. The collection further encompasses a range of narratives, each offering a window into the rich tapestry of South-West African life. Cornell's storytelling delves into the encounters between indigenous communities and European settlers, exploring themes of culture clash, resilience, and coexistence.

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Frederick Carruthers Cornell

Cornell is best known for his wartime exploits and publications during the Maritz uprising and World War I. In London, he studied music and languages. He visited South Africa in 1902 and had a strong interest in Namaqualand. During the First World War, he was a Lieutenant in the South African Native Labour Corps and was the first to warn South African forces that Germans had crossed into the Cape from German South West Africa. He worked as an editor for "The Cape Register." His works include The Glamour of Prospecting (1920), a collection of reminiscences that has become an important eyewitness account of the German genocide against the Herero and Namaqua between 1904 and 1908. He also penned martial poetry, such as "A Soldier's Song" about the Battle of Delville Wood in World War One.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 148Pages
  • ISBN-10:9359328545
  • ISBN-13:9789359328546
  • Item Weight: 222g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 8.53mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Travel / General