African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe by Doris Lessing

By Doris Lessing

A hugely own tale of the eminent British author returning to her African roots that's "brilliant . . . [and] captures the contradictions of a tender country."--New York occasions e-book Review

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Preceding winter. runners from all Berg River Canoe Hantam Vleisfees, over the world Marathon (Jul), (last weekend in Aug), (see p35). Paarl (see pp200– Calvinia. Located in the 1). A strenuous Northern Cape, Calvinia is JULY four-day canoe race sheep country. The festival is that provides some a celebration of meat in all National high excitement and is its forms: stewed, curried or Arts Festival staged annually when grilled. First held in 1989, the (early to the river is in full flood. three-day event also offers mid-Jul), Calitzdorp Port music concerts, a vintage-car Grahamstown Festival (late Jul), rally, and the glittering Miss (see pp252–3).

Gold Reef City (pp314–15) is an evocative re-creation of Johannesburg in the 1890s. The Kimberley Mine Museum (p371) is one of several excellent historic sites in Kimberley. (short stabbing spear) was useful in close combat. The assegaai British casualties were high; only a handful of men escaped alive. BATTLE OF ISANDHLWANA In an effort to subjugate the fiercely independent Zulu, British officials provoked several incidents. In 1879, a 1,200-strong British and colonial force was annihilated by 20,000 Zulu warriors at Isandhlwana Hill.

VOORTREKKER MOVEMENT 1836 Great Trek British territory by 1848 THE GREAT TREK Dissatisfied with the British administration, convoys of Boer ox wagons trekked inland to seek new territory. The pioneers, armed with cannons and muskets, were accompanied by their families, black and coloured retainers and livestock. Each wagon was “home” for the duration of the journey and contained all that the family owned. At night, or under attack, the convoy would form a laager – a circle of wagons lashed together with chains.

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