François, a twelve year old boy in rural Southern Africa, is forced to grow up when his parents leave to seek medical treatment. While he estranges himself from his own culture he grows closer to others, especially those of the Bushmen and the Matebele. Van der Post shows you the Africa of his childhood and almost makes you believe in magic. Now, don't judge the book by its cover- pick it up. —Veri— From Veri's Picks
Van der Post's incomparable knowledge of Africa illuminates this epic novel, set near the Kalahari Desert, about a boy on the verge of manhood, his experiences with the wonder and mystery of a still-primitive land, and his secret friendship with the Bushman whose life he saves. The narrative of A Story like the Wind continues in A Far-Off Place.