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The Resource Out of darkness, shining light : (Being a faithful account of the final years and earthly days of Doctor David Livingstone and his last journey from the interior to the coast of Africa, as narrated by his African companions, in three volumes) : a novel, Petina Gappah

Out of darkness, shining light : (Being a faithful account of the final years and earthly days of Doctor David Livingstone and his last journey from the interior to the coast of Africa, as narrated by his African companions, in three volumes) : a novel, Petina Gappah

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Out of darkness, shining light : (Being a faithful account of the final years and earthly days of Doctor David Livingstone and his last journey from the interior to the coast of Africa, as narrated by his African companions, in three volumes) : a novel
Title
Out of darkness, shining light
Title remainder
(Being a faithful account of the final years and earthly days of Doctor David Livingstone and his last journey from the interior to the coast of Africa, as narrated by his African companions, in three volumes) : a novel
Statement of responsibility
Petina Gappah
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Set in Africa in 1873, this book fictionalises the events following the death of explorer Dr David Livingstone after his failed attempt to find the source of the Nile, inspired by Herodotus. The novel imagines the journey taken by a dozen or so of Livingstone's faithful servants and companions as they carry his corpse across Africa for nine months. His heart is buried deep in the African continent; his body is preserved in alcohol. The funeral caravan seeks the port of Zanzibar, so that his remains can be returned to Britain by sea for burial but their journey is fraught with incident and betrayal, peril and death. Narrated by Halima, Livingstone's chef and three of his servants and disciples Jacob, Chuma, and Susi, the novel tells a pre-colonial story that is largely idealistic and Christian from a post-colonial perspective. It is about slavery, loyalty, organised religion, and superstitious belief; women in a world dominated by men and their worldview; and the moment before the Europeans arrived in Africa and brutally carved up the continent. 150 years on, their story feels romantic, improbable, heroic and ultimately misguided; it has the power of myth, yet feels utterly contemporary
Summary
A sharp-tongued cook and a rigidly pious freed slave confront complicated race dynamics to join the followers of the late Dr. Livingstone on a 19th -century voyage from Africa to the doctor's home in England
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10804723
Cataloging source
SALS
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gappah, Petina
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Livingstone, David
  • Imperialism
  • Slavery
  • Africa
Target audience
adult
Label
Out of darkness, shining light : (Being a faithful account of the final years and earthly days of Doctor David Livingstone and his last journey from the interior to the coast of Africa, as narrated by his African companions, in three volumes) : a novel, Petina Gappah
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-302)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000066066519
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
302 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780571345335
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)1121415452
Label
Out of darkness, shining light : (Being a faithful account of the final years and earthly days of Doctor David Livingstone and his last journey from the interior to the coast of Africa, as narrated by his African companions, in three volumes) : a novel, Petina Gappah
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-302)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000066066519
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
302 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780571345335
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)1121415452

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