This Side Jordan by Margaret Laurence
By Margaret Laurence
In 1957, the British colony of the Gold Coast broke loose to develop into the self sufficient country of Ghana. Margaret Laurence’s first novel, This facet Jordan, recreates that colour-drenched global: a spot the place women and men fight with self-betrayal, self-discovery, and the dawning of political pride.
This facet Jordan transcends the conventional limits of the 1st novel. Its robust and compassionate characterizations and its issues of exile and group expect the 5 later novels that make up Laurence’s acclaimed Manawaka sequence. an incredible paintings of lasting value, This facet Jordan creates echoes within the brain of the reader as resonant because the drums of Ghana.
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