Troubador The Settler

Released: 01/11/2012

ISBN: 9781780882918

Format: Paperback

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The Settler

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A powerful and disquieting novel about life, death, love and race in Africa – drawing on the author’s personal experiences.

Set mostly in a fictitious African country, with the first part occurring briefly in London when the book opens with an assassination, The Settler concerns the life of a young white farmer who inherits a large farm from his Irish father.

He promotes progressive farming and works hard at integrating with the indigenous population, creating a harmonious atmosphere where strong friendships develop between black and white. As the story develops there is a growing understanding and tolerance between the races; however this status quo is threatened by a politically-inspired revolt with a black ‘villain’ coming to the fore. The settler is changed by these traumatic events from which he just escapes, but his fellow-farmers and friends are murdered. He loses everything he has put into the development of his beautiful farm and has to leave Africa for good, completely disillusioned.

This is not a novel for the faint-hearted – the story develops through four countries and tragic experiences of violence, love, hate, and to eventual love again - but it is full of relevance to the Africa of to-day.

The publisher’s description sums it up well. This is an explosive & gripping tale of high drama and bitter racial tension in colonial Africa, set in a fictitious country but with obvious parallels to real historical events.

Definitely not for the faint hearted or for those who believe strongly in present day political correctness, this book is refreshingly frank and forthright, vividly illustrating the ferocity and depth of hatred generated by colonial suppression that led to bloody rebellion in so many countries.

Considering it was written forty years ago with obvious links to the author’s own experience in Africa, it deserves recognition for the power of the writing as well as the political ideas expressed which would have been advanced and courageous at the time.

I can recommend it, well worth the read for a dramatic story and a rare personal insight unaffected by commercial or political editing.

by Mike MacIntosh


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