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First edition, 1998.

David Phillip.

210 pages.

Internally clean, tightly bound and in Near Fine condition overall.

Pula is the son of the rainmaker and he fishes with his father from a mokoro on the Okavango River. Above him he sees aircraft rising into the clouds and he too wants to fly. He and his dear friend Julia are caught in the biggest flood ever to hit the Okavango Delta. They are rescued from Shakawe by an American pilot flying a C130 Hercules…………… A huge wave of global change now swamps the world, old cultures and long-honoured beliefs are questioned, small languages and small communities are being destroyed, some people are endangered - not only birds and beasts. The cycles of flood and drought have been around since Gilgamesh’s time, so have unstable metaphysical explanations for them, the eternal role of fickle gods. Even Okavango Gods. Current change in the Okavango Delta and ancient change in the Euphrates are perhaps not so far apart after all. Man will bring about the change, the ancient gods are no longer reliable, the future lies in man’s volition.

About the author (2001): Fleischer was born in South Africa, educated University of the Witwatersrand, and Oxford University--BA Rand, B.Litt Oxon. Former executive of South African Associated Newspapers, Chief Executive of the 'Financial Mail', and former Advisor to the Chamber of Mines of South Africa. Now a full time author, President of the South African Centre of International PEN.

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Africana / South African Fiction / Bubi / Dr Pinto / Hambukushu / John Barotse / Mbukushu / mokoro / Shakawe / sitatunga / Zulu / Novel

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