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Circles in a Forest by Dalene Matthee
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Circles in a Forest

by Dalene Matthee

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The setting of the story is South Africa in the 1880’s. The novel describes the exploitation of Afrikaaner woodcutters and the extermination of elephants.
Saul Barnard, a proud woodcutter, stands alone, trying to stop the destruction of the forest by woodcutters and gold prospectors. What is so compelling about the book is the passion and love for the forest expressed by the author. ( )
  drjesons | Dec 25, 2012 |
Read the Afrikaans version back in high school. The English version came a few years later. the story is touching and, if one is a South African, it has added poignancy. Alas there are no longer any elephants wandering the forests of Knysna anymore (to my knowledge). This book represents what has become a bygone era in South African history. ( )
  ChrisAdonn | May 2, 2011 |
A good story - highlights the awful poverty of the woodcutitng community in South Africa. I walked through the forest of Knysna myself, and saw the remains of their villages and graveyards - was touched. ( )
  estellen | May 7, 2008 |
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