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Before the Knife: Memories of an African Childhood

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In this unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Carolyn Slaughter recalls her childhood in Africa and how the land itself released her from a rage that threatened to destroy her.

For Carolyn Slaughter, who grew up in Botswana in the 1950s, it was the Kalahari Desert that made life bearable. Her father was a cruel and violent district commissioner during the last days of British colonial rule, and their familys stiff English facade masked an unspeakable household secret. But out in the bush, the intensity of the air and the beauty of the landscape touched her with a kind of feverish grace. She would disappear for hours to watch the flat brown river with its water lilies and crocodiles; the thorn trees and the flocks of flamingos; the local women with their babies strapped to their backs. Filled with the majesty and splendor of the ever-changing desert, Before The Knife is the deeply moving story of a girl who endured and transcended her familys violence to emerge an impassioned observer and explicator of her world.

About the Author

Carolyn Slaughter was born in New Delhi, India, and spent most of her childhood in the Kalahari Desert of what is now Botswana. Soon after leaving Africa in 1961, she wrote what would later become her highly acclaimed novel Dreams of the Kalahari. She followed this with eight more novels. After living for many years in London, she moved to the United States with her family in 1986.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375713460
Author:
Slaughter, Carolyn
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
History
Subject:
British
Subject:
Novelists, English
Subject:
Rape victims
Subject:
Adult child sexual abuse victims
Subject:
Incest victims
Subject:
Problem families
Subject:
Africa Social life and customs.
Subject:
Novelists, English -- 20th century.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
africa;memoir;botswana;non-fiction;biography;autobiography
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
no. 29
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 MAP
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.02x5.18x.66 in. .56 lbs.

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