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Land of My Fathers

by Vamba Sherif HopeRoad
Pub Date:
02/2017
ISBN:
9781908446541
Format:
Hbk 242 pages
Price:
AU$44.99 NZ$47.82
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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The proud Republic of Liberia was founded in the nineteenth century with the triumphant return of freed slaves from America to Africa. Once back "home," however, these Americo-Liberians had to integrate into the resident tribes - who did not necessarily want or welcome them. Against a background of French and British colonialists busily carving up Mother Africa, while local tribes were still unashamedly trading in slaves, the vulnerable newcomers felt trapped and out of place. Where men should have stood shoulder to shoulder, they turned on each other instead.


 


A thrilling novel, The Land of My Fathers plunges us into this world. But in the midst of turmoil, there is friendship. Edward Richard, a man born into slavery and a preacher by profession, is convinced that the future of Liberia lies in bringing peace amongst the tribes. His mission takes him to the far north, where he meets an extraordinary man, Halay. Edward's new and dearest friend is ready to sacrifice his own life to protect his country, for the Liberians believe that with Halay's death, no war will ever threaten their land. A century later, this belief is crushed when war engulfs the land, bearing away with it the descendants of both Edward and Halay.  
Vamba Sherif, who was born in Kolahun, Liberia, is a journalist and film critic based in the Netherlands.