Lilies of the Vlei

Lilies of the Vlei

In the beginning God chose Africa for Peter, a village by the sea in which he played with the dolphins, fished for sharks—watched his friend die from a shark attack. Peter, not even ten years old, slept in prison cells while his father, a doctor, sewed up the wounds of injured Zulu fighters. He explored the river vleis for bird’s eggs while the spirit of Tokoloshe roamed about him and Leguaans, huge Nile-like monitor lizards, readied to attack. During the war years, on the beach, he discovered broken lifeboats and drowned bodies of British troops. Their flesh stripped away by sharks. He was present when his father fought black mambas. What was life like growing up, in a village, on the shores of the Indian ocean. He tells all. Later he leaves to walk the length and breadth of Africa.

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