An American Visitor

An American Visitor

by Joyce Cary

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Overview

An American visitor and uninvited guest in the village of Nok, Marie Hasluck is an irrepressible anthropologist who believes that she has found the Kingdom of Heaven in the forests of Nigeria. There, to her eyes, the Birri tribesmen make love and war unfettered by the constraints and complications of Western civilisation; a state which Marie finds enviable and which she does her best to emulate.

However, all is not well even in this pagan paradise: white prospectors are staking claims within Birri territory and the eccentric District Officer, Bewser, can no longer keep them at bay, for all his promises to the villagers. As the Birri warriors become increasingly enraged by the colonialists’ betrayal and as her own involvement with Bewser deepens, Marie finds that her position as a charmed but distanced onlooker is inevitably compromised.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787201507
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
Publication date: 10/21/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 222
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Arthur Joyce Lunel Cary (7 December 1888 - 29 March 1957) was an Irish novelist. Born in Derry, Ireland, he was based in England the rest of his life. Seeking adventure, in 1912 Cary left for Montenegro and served as a Red Cross orderly during the Balkan Wars. Cary joined the Nigerian political service the following year, and during the First World War Cary served with a Nigerian regiment fighting in the German colony of Cameroon. Wounded at the battle of Mount Mora in 1916, Cary held several posts in Nigeria including that of magistrate and executive officer in Borgu. His first novel, Aissa Saved, published in 1932, drew on his Nigerian experience, and An American Visitor (1933), The African Witch (1936) and others followed. He died, aged 68, in 1957.

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