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Kafir Stories Seven Short Stories   By: (1855-1943)

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Kafir Stories is a captivating collection of seven short stories written by William C. Scully. Set in various locations across the globe, each story explores the complexities of human nature, shedding light on the universal struggles faced by individuals from different cultural backgrounds.

One of the standout stories in this collection is "The Dust of Kandahar," which takes place in war-torn Afghanistan. Scully skillfully delves into the lives of ordinary people caught in the crossfire of conflict, drawing readers into their internal battles and external struggles. Through his poignant storytelling, he captures the emotional turmoil, resilience, and yearning for peace in a land ravaged by war.

In "The Veiled Woman," Scully shifts the focus to Algeria, revealing the cultural and religious tensions that shape the lives of its inhabitants. The story explores the constant negotiation between tradition and modernity, compulsion and freedom, as experienced by a young woman seeking to break free from societal expectations. Scully's vivid descriptions transport readers to the bustling streets of Algiers, allowing them to connect with the protagonist's journey of self-discovery.

Another tale that leaves a lasting impression is "A Heart To Kill." Set in Nigeria, it follows the struggles of a young girl named Zara, who is forced into a life of servitude. Scully's empathetic portrayal of Zara's plight, coupled with his ability to evoke the vibrant tapestry of Nigerian culture, creates a powerful narrative that highlights the pervasive issue of child labor in developing nations.

Throughout the collection, Scully's writing style remains consistent, characterized by crisp prose and an astute attention to detail. He effortlessly captures the essence of each location, transporting readers into a rich tapestry of sights, sounds, and emotions. The diversity of characters and settings in these stories showcases Scully's versatility as a writer, and his ability to delve into the intricacies of different cultures and perspectives.

Kafir Stories is a compelling read that delves deep into the human condition, offering poignant insights into the triumphs, struggles, and complexities of individuals from diverse backgrounds. By exploring themes of war, cultural clashes, and individual resilience, Scully encourages readers to reflect on their own lives and empathize with the shared experiences of others. This collection is a testament to the power of storytelling, reminding us of the universality of human struggles and the importance of compassion and understanding in an increasingly interconnected world.

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COPYRIGHT BY T. FISHER UNWIN for Great Britain and the United States of America.





"So geographers, in Afric maps, With savage pictures fill their gaps, And o'er uninhabitable downs Place elephants for want of towns."



Allemagtig, almighty

Boomslang, an innocuous colubrine snake

Donga, a gully with steep sides

Drift, the ford of a river

E hea, exactly so

Ewe, yes

Hamel, a wether sheep

Icanti, a fabulous serpent, the mere appearance of which is supposed to cause death

Impandulu, the lightning bird. The Kafirs believe the lightning to be a bird

Impi, an army or any military force on the war path

Induna, a Zulu councilor or general

Kapater, a wether goat

Kerrie, a stick such as is almost invariably carried by a Kafir

Kloof, a gorge or valley

Kaffirboom, a large arboreal aloe

Kopje, an abrupt hillock

Kraal, (1) an enclosure for stock; a fold or pen. (2) a native hut, or collection of huts

Krantz, a cliff

Lobola, the payment of cattle by a man to the father of the girl he wants to marry

Mawo, an exclamation of surprise

Mealies, maize

Op togt, on a trading trip

Ou Pa, grandfather

Outspan, to unyoke a team

Raak, hit

Reim, a leather thong

Reimje, diminutive of foregoing

Schulpad, a tortoise

Sjambok: a heavy whip made of rhinocerous hide

Stoep, a space about two yards, in width along the front or side of a house... Continue reading book >>

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