By Margaret Laurence
In 1957, the British colony of the Gold Coast broke unfastened to turn into the autonomous kingdom of Ghana. Margaret Laurence’s first novel, This aspect 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 aspect Jordan transcends the normal limits of the 1st novel. Its strong and compassionate characterizations and its issues of exile and group count on the 5 later novels that make up Laurence’s acclaimed Manawaka sequence. a big 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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