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Tefuga by Peter Dickinson
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Tefuga (original 1986; edition 1987)

by Peter Dickinson

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Betty Jackland, a young white woman arrives in Colonial Nigeria - ignorant and innocent - but ready to endure heat, disease and danger for her husband's sake. Sixty years later, her son Ted arrives to make a documentary film based on her diary. Its pages recreate that time in detail - the life of an isolated woman in the overwhelmingly man's world of the British Empire; the ways of the resident Kitawa and Hausa people; Betty's identification with native servants (including a houseboy who later rises to the rank of spiritual leader) and the ambiguities of "indirect rule". Hovering over the shadowy events of the past and over a present steeped in corruption and violence is a mysterious shaping event toward which the action moves - the 1921 murder by Kitawa women of the new Emir, selected by the British, who meets his fate in the sadow of Tefuga Hill.… (more)
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This man makes me proud to be classified as a mystery writer. ( )
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Betty Jackland, a young white woman arrives in Colonial Nigeria - ignorant and innocent - but ready to endure heat, disease and danger for her husband's sake. Sixty years later, her son Ted arrives to make a documentary film based on her diary. Its pages recreate that time in detail - the life of an isolated woman in the overwhelmingly man's world of the British Empire; the ways of the resident Kitawa and Hausa people; Betty's identification with native servants (including a houseboy who later rises to the rank of spiritual leader) and the ambiguities of "indirect rule". Hovering over the shadowy events of the past and over a present steeped in corruption and violence is a mysterious shaping event toward which the action moves - the 1921 murder by Kitawa women of the new Emir, selected by the British, who meets his fate in the sadow of Tefuga Hill.

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