Books: Bush Country Boyhood

A STORY LIKE THE WIND by LAURENS VAN DER POST 370 pages. Morrow. $7.95.

This rich memoir in the form of fiction does honor to a part of African culture now mostly dissipated or adulterated: the tribal way of living that civilized people are pleased to call primitive. The author, who knows Africa well and has written of it memorably in The Lost World of the Kalahari, argues in a passionate introduction that the nature of primitive Africa must somehow be recorded so it will "always be there to help thaw the frozen imagination of...

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