Blanket Boy A Novel of South Africa Author:Peter Lanham, A. S. Mopeli-Paulus Based on an original story by A. S. Mopeli-Paulus, Chieftain of Lesotho (formerly Basutoland). — In this distinguished South African novel, a native chieftain speaks for his people. With dignity and authenticity, Mopeli-Paulus tells the story of Monare, the tribesman, caught between age-old superstition and the tenets of Western civilization. — Mo... more »nare's story ranges from the plains and mountains of a native village to the City of Gold, Johannesburg, where, all too soon, the black man learns the white man's foreign ways. It follows him, a hunted man, as he flees to Durban, the seaport City of Sugar, and through the forests of Zululand and Swaziland to Mozambique. As Monare fights to free his spirit from the guilt of tribal murder, the conflicting forces of the Morati, native Christian ministers who battle primitive belief, and the Moslems, who offer yet another method of salvation, clash against the fury of bloody riots and savage ritual.
Monare's struggle to reconcile the black man's heritage with the white man's justice, and the courage with which he meets his final destiny vividly portray the native point of view. Excitingly realistic, Blanket Boy is both a powerful poetic narrative of the growth of a human soul, and a penetrating study of a complex, troubled land.« less