By Laurens van der Post
Laurens van der publish used to be interested and appalled on the destiny of this outstanding humans. Ostracised through the entire altering face of African cultural lifestyles they retreated deep into the Kalahari desolate tract. His interesting try to catch their lifestyle and the secrets and techniques in their old history offer desirable studying and a different perception right into a forgotten lifestyle.
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