Untuswa quickly earns the King's favour and is appointed his chief
messenger; emboldened by this honour, he asks the King's permission to marry.
Laughing, the King promises to give Untuswa not only permission to marry, but
also his assegai--his spear, which in his hand is symbol of his authority--but
only if Untuswa performs a deed braver and bolder than any he has heard of.
Untuswa, determined to claim performance of this promise, fights ferociously
against enemy tribes, confronts the terrifying magic of the witch-doctors, and
risks death at the hands of cannibals in the mountains. But these dangers are
nothing compared to the fate that awaits him when he does the unthinkable--elope with the King's intended bride.
The first of Bertram Mitford's tetralogy of historical Zulu novels, The King's Assegai is remarkable for being a novel written by a white man, but peopled entirely by African characters. Based on Mitford's own experiences in South Africa and local oral tradition, *The King's Assegai* is not simply a great British novel about Africa, but, as Gerald Monsman argues in his introduction, a great African novel. Long out of print and neglected, The King's Assegai deserves a place alongside H. Rider Haggard's Nada the Lily as precursor to later established African classics such as Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart.
|Produto sob encomenda||Sim|
|Marca||Valancourt Books POD|
|Ano da edição||2007|
|Número de Páginas||168|
|Autor||Bertram Mitford; Gerald Monsman|