An autobiographical memoir from Laurens Van Der Post, which touches on many of the deepest human issues. This book tells the story of a horse rescued from labour to become a champion showjumper, mirroring an incident in Sir Laurence's own childhood. From it he knits together reflections on dreams, mythology, the primoridal links between humans and ...
An autobiographical memoir from Laurens Van Der Post, which touches on many of the deepest human issues. This book tells the story of a horse rescued from labour to become a champion showjumper, mirroring an incident in Sir Laurence's own childhood. From it he knits together reflections on dreams, mythology, the primoridal links between humans and horses, the innate role of the feminine, and the creative potential of suffering. The result is a book which confronts the lack of human spirituality in our time and conveys a message of hard-won but vibrant optimism. The author also wrote "Yet Being Someone Other", "Lost World of the Kalahari", "Venture to the Interior", "Far-Off Place" and "Story Like the Wind".
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-03-30 In this rhapsodic, self-dramatizing spiritual autobiography which often verges on the mystical, famed explorer van der Post seeks a patternsee last sentence in his life's seemingly random events. His great love of horses, especially a black-and-tan mare named Blady, inspires flights of philosophical speculation on human relationship to nature, the soul's immortality and the unhealthy devaluation of the feminine in modern life. Hopping around in time and place from fighting the Japanese in Java during WW II to watching sunsets on the Kalahari desert, he contemplates his son's experience with terminal cancer and theorizes that the origins of disease reside in the soul. His friendships with Jung and with Jungian analysts fuel his ruminations on ``the sickness of our time,'' defined here as a refusal to enlarge one's awareness. Seeking renewal, van der Post imaginatively enters the mythological realm of Zeus and Prometheus. Many transcendent moments experienced on his travels punctuate his quest. this point made in first sentence/right you are, as always. don't need, so I've cut.gs (May)
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