Trader Horn
by Alfred Aloysius Horn

Fascinating reminiscences of this African trader's explorations and adventures. He writes with great style, but without punctuation or standard spelling.
"What is poetry but the leavings of superstition?" page 186.

"But looked at from all angles I've always arrived at the notion that Nature's a great big unknown god we've got to make terms with without the humiliation of prayer." page 151.

"They'd never try to keep families together, those traders. 'Twas a terrible thing to see them being separated. When a savage loses his kin his heart breaks. He's got no newspapers and these co-called cinemas to cheer him up. All he knows of pleasure comes, not from food, but from eating it with his kind. Not from hunting, but from hunting with his tribe. He pines like a dog. The first thing education teaches you is to walk alone. Aye, you can sure stand on your own spear when you've learnt the word goodbye, and say it clear." page 141.

"And that part of a man's religion which is convenient, that he'll never drop." page 67.

Year Read: 1986


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