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A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa | [Dominique Lapierre]

A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa

In 1652 a small group of Dutch farmers landed on the southernmost tip of Africa. Sent by the powerful Dutch India Company, their mission was simply to grow vegetables and supply ships rounding the cape. The colonists, however, were convinced by their strict Calvinist faith that they were among God's "Elect," chosen to rule over the continent. Their saga - bloody, ferocious, and fervent - would culminate three centuries later in one of the greatest tragedies of history.
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In 1652 a small group of Dutch farmers landed on the southernmost tip of Africa. Sent by the powerful Dutch India Company, their mission was simply to grow vegetables and supply ships rounding the cape. The colonists, however, were convinced by their strict Calvinist faith that they were among God's "Elect", chosen to rule over the continent.

Their saga - bloody, ferocious, and fervent - would culminate three centuries later in one of the greatest tragedies of history: the establishment of a racist regime in which a white minority would subjugate and victimize millions of blacks. Called apartheid, it was a poisonous system that would only end with the liberation from prison of one of the moral giants of our time, Nelson Mandela.

A Rainbow in the Night is Dominique Lapierre's epic account of South Africa's tragic history and the heroic men and women - famous and obscure, white and black, European and African - who have, with their blood and tears, brought to life the country that is today known as the Rainbow Nation.

©2008 Dominique Lapierre; English translation 2009 by Dominique Lapierre; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Dominique Lapierre raises the curtain on the history of South Africa. Three and a half centuries...a sublime epic full of terrible dramas." (Le Point magazine, France)

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    A Summerville, SC, United States 06-05-10
    A Summerville, SC, United States 06-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    Excellent audio quality. Superb narration. This book is a gripping account of the history of S. Africa culminating in the election of Nelson Mandela. Lapierre always does a great job of bringing history to life.

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    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 10-04-13
    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2010

    I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.

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    "History of South Africa--what's more interesting?"

    South Africa's history is endlessly interesting and I can read book after book. Lapierre's writing, or the translation, is not very lively, and the Rudnicki's baritone narration is dry too. The history rushes through the early years and the Zulu and Boer Wars, spending a bit more time in the 20th century. I've listened to it about 3 times, so even though my rating isn't high, I like it.

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