An American Visitor
Joyce Cary

An American Visitor

Marie Hasluck, a well-meaning but naive American anthropologist with a sentimental belief in ‘the Noble Savage’, thinks she has found Heaven in the forests of Nigeria. There, to her eyes, the Birri tribesmen.make love and war unfettered by the constraints and complications of Western civilisation; a state which Marie finds enviable and which she does her best to emulate. However, all is not well even in this pagan paradise: white prospectors are staking claims within Birri territory and the eccentric District Officer, Bewser, can no longer keep them at bay, for all his promises to the villagers. As the Birri warriors become increasingly enraged by the colonialists’ betrayal and as her own involvement with Bewser deepens, Marie finds that her position as a charmed but distanced onlooker is inevitably compromised.

Book Details:

  • Author: Joyce Cary
  • Published Year: 1933
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    • UK: Phoenix

Joyce Cary

Joyce Cary was born in 1888 into an old Anglo-Irish family and educated at Clifton. He studied art, first in Edinburgh and then in Paris , before going up to Trinity College, Oxford, in 1909 to read law. On coming down he served as a Red Cross orderly in the Balkan War of 1912-13,the inspiration for Memoir of the Bobotes , before joining the Nigerian Political Service. He served in the Nigeria Regiment during the First World War, was wounded while fighting in the Cameroons, and returned to civil duty in Nigeria in 1917 as a district officer. His time in Africa provided the inspiration for h...
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Book Reviews

  • "What a really great book it is – it seems as fresh, as moving, as sad as when I first read it."
    Graham Greene
  • "An ironical political fable, which at the same time is a realistic picture of life in British Nigeria."
    Times Literary Supplement