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The Tomorrow-Tamer and Other Stories

by Margaret Laurence

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I never knew that Margaret Laurence had lived in Africa or that she wrote short stories about Africa. This unexpected find was my choice for my July Canadian classic read and it was terrific.

The stories take place in Ghana just before and after it gained its independence from Britain. The expatriate experience is revealed in The Drummer of All the World, The Perfume Sea, The Merchant of Heaven and The Rain Child. The African point of view is explored in the other stories. Of them all I think the title story is the best but they are all great and well-written. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 10, 2017 |
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The ten stories gathered together in The Tomorrow-Tamer are Margaret Laurence’s first published fiction. Set in raucous and often terrifying Ghana, where shiny Jaguars and modern jazz jostle for eminence against fetish figures, tribal rites, and the unchanging beat of jungle drums, the stories tell of individuals, European and African, trying to come to terms with the frightening world brought about by the country’s new freedom.

With the same compassion and understanding she would bring to her later fiction set in Canada, Laurence succeeds brilliantly in capturing the atmosphere of a continent and of individual men and women struggling for survival under the impact of the wind of change.

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