A Story Like the Wind (Harvest/Hbj Book) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1978/10/1
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Laurens van der Post was born in South Africa in 1906, the thirteenth of fifteen children in a family of Dutch and French Huguenot origins. He grew up in the heart of Bushman country, a thousand miles from the sea, before going on a long voyage to Japan that was a to prove a formative experience and vital in later life. He settled in England in the 1930s, writing and farming until the outbreak of the war, when he joined the British army and served with distinction in the Western Desert, Abyssinia, Burma and the Far East. Taken prisoner by the Japanese, he was held in captivity for three years before returning to active service as a member of Lord Mountbatten's staff in Indonesia and, later, as military attache to the British minister in Java. Since 1949 he has taken part in many official expeditions and missions to Africa, and his journey in search of the Bushmen in 1957 formed the basis of his famous documentary film, 'The Lost World of the Kalahari'. Other television films he has made include 'A Region of Shadow', 'All Africa Within Us'. And a three-part series on the life and work of Carl Gustav Jung, whom he met after the war and grew to know as a close personal friend. The highly acclaimed film 'Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence', released in 1983, was based on his book The Seed and the Sower. Laurens van der Post was awarded the C.B.E for services in the field, and in 1980 he was knighted. With his wife, Ingaret Giffard, Sir Laurens divides his time in England between his home in Chelsea and a cottage in Suffolk. --このテキストは、ハードカバー版に関連付けられています。
Most tellingingly, he had a Bushman nanny, of that small and persecuted race, who triumphed in the barreness of the Kalahari, existing as if at a banquet, for whom telepathy was a commonplace, as they lived in the world of the inner voice. From that childhood, he passed into manhood and became a friend of Jung, who foresaw WWII and dreaded it. Therein, VdP, leading a rearguard commando (which the Boers invented) to delay the Japanese in their conquest of the Dutch East Indies, he was captured and spent the whole of the war in Hell on earth, a Japanese POW concentration camp, where he was further schooled in the travails and triumphs of the spirit.
There are (a few) people in the West who can be both of the modern world and a shaman of the spirit: VdP is one.
I was introduced to his writing as a teenager by my mother. She had been paralyzed by polio when I was a year old and was a tower of courage and spirit in a nearly immobile body. VdP's books were a talisman for her, and a new book was a source of rejoicing. I envy all of you who are reading them for the first time. One of VdP's characters in this book says, "Those who look before they leap, don't". Leap for these books.
Francois, the teenager, does not have a first hand experience of the Bushman's world. However, through the eyes (and stories) of his nanny (Koba) he gains an appreciation of their values, their spirituality, and of course their way of live. Through the eyes of his father's partners on Hunter's Drift he comes to appreciate (in a practical way) the ways of the bush and the principles governing live in paradise.
Sadly by the end of the story paradise has been raped and all its principles violated in man's quest to bring civilization to this place of perfection. Paradise is gone with the wind!