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Praying Mantis (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 03/08/2006
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In his early years, growing up on a Dutch farm in the deep interior of the southern African Cape, Cupido Cockroach became the greatest drinker, liar, fornicator and fighter of his region. Coming under the spell of a woman, the soap-boiler Anna, and the great Dr Johannes Theodorus van der Kemp of the London Missionary Society, Cupido is then made the first Khoi or 'Hottentot' missionary ordained at the Cape of Good Hope. Received into the fold of the Church, Cupido passionately turns against all his early beliefs and is appointed as missionary in a remote and arid region in the North-western Cape. But this also marks the beginning of his decline, as the Society abandons him to his fate. One by one, the members of his congregation disappear into the desert, so that in the end, abandoned even by his wife and children, he is left to preach to the stones and thorn trees and tortoises, returning to the dream-world of his people.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099488941
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"From the stones of his country's rich, tragic, tumultuous history, Brink has built a novel that should nourish his reputation for years to come" -- Donald Morrison * Financial Times *
"Brink's lyrical but spare writing evokes the harshness of the veld and the dream world created by the Bushmen. A book that lingers in the mind long after you have reached the last page" * Daily Mail *
"A work of fidelity and imaginative freedom" * Times Literary Supplement *
"Brave, rewarding and dignified" * Time Out *

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