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Smous arrives in the isolated settlement of Middlepost in British South Africa in 1902 to find everyone speaking different languages, worshipping different gods and jostling for space. He stays here for nearly two years, amidst confusion, comedy and catastrophe.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Little Brown and Company
(first published 1989)
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I picked this up having enjoyed The Year of The Fat Knight and The Year of the King with no real expectations except curiosity - how would Sher's novel writing compare to the diary format? I found myself really enjoying it - the novel tells the story of Smous and his journey from Eastern Europe to South Africa, attempting to find those members of his family who have emigrated. I was impressed with how well both locations sprang off the page and how well characters who don't understand each other ...more
Sir Antony Sher, born in Cape Town, South Africa on June 14th, 1949, is an actor, memoirist, playwright, painter, and novelist, best known for his performances of Shakespearean characters like Richard III, Macbeth, and Sir John Falstaff. He has performed in plays by such writers as Molière, Chekhov, Brecht, Arthur Miller, Mike Leigh, and Harvey Fierstein, and has portrayed historical figures as di ...more
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