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A Veldt Vendetta   By: (1855-1914)

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A Veldt Vendetta by Bertram Mitford is a captivating tale set in the vast plains of Southern Africa during the 19th century. The story follows a group of Dutch settlers as they navigate the treacherous landscapes and face numerous challenges while trying to establish a new life in this untamed wilderness.

Mitford's narrative style is engaging and descriptive, allowing readers to vividly envision the stunning beauty of the African landscapes. His attention to detail is commendable, as he skillfully depicts the scorching heat, the rustling of grass, and the piercing calls of exotic birds, transporting readers directly into the heart of the African veldt.

The characters in the story are well-developed and each brings a unique perspective and background to the plot. With a diverse cast, Mitford explores themes of identity, culture clash, and resilience. The protagonist, in particular, undergoes a significant transformation throughout the story, navigating moral dilemmas and personal growth in the face of adversity.

One aspect that sets A Veldt Vendetta apart is the author's deep knowledge of the African landscape, customs, and history. Mitford's extensive research is evident, showcasing a deep respect for the rich culture and heritage of the native people. Furthermore, the interactions between the settlers and the indigenous tribes are portrayed with sensitivity and complexity, allowing readers to reflect on the complexities of colonization and cultural assimilation.

The plot of A Veldt Vendetta is well-paced, interspersing moments of intense action with contemplative periods that delve into the characters' motivations and inner struggles. As the Dutch settlers face numerous challenges, including encounters with wild animals, natural disasters, and conflicts among themselves, readers are kept on the edge of their seats, eagerly turning each page to see what unfolds next.

In addition to the riveting plotline, Mitford's exploration of morality and justice adds a thought-provoking layer to the story. The characters grapple with difficult decisions and the consequences of their actions, giving rise to philosophical discussions on morality, revenge, and the innate darkness within humanity.

Though A Veldt Vendetta thrives in its vivid descriptions and compelling narrative, it does have moments where the pacing slows down, making the reading experience slightly sluggish in certain sections. However, this minor setback does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, A Veldt Vendetta is an enthralling tale that transports readers to the heart of the African wilderness. Mitford's immersive descriptions, well-rounded characters, and exploration of complex themes make for a captivating read. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction, adventure, or stories that delve into the human condition, this book is definitely worth adding to your reading list.

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A Veldt Vendetta, by Bertram Mitford.




I had not a friend in the world.

My own fault? No doubt. It is usually said so, at any rate, so of course must be true. For I, Kenrick Holt, who do this tale unfold, am not by nature and temperament an expansive animal, rather the reverse, being constitutionally reticent; and, is it not written that the world takes you at your own valuation? Still, I had managed to muddle on through life somehow, and gain a living so far which was satisfactory, but in an uncongenial and sedentary form of occupation which was not. Incidentally I owned to the ordinary contingent of acquaintances, but at the period of which I write I had not a friend in the world only brothers.

Of these, one owned an abominable wife, the other a snug country living, which combination of circumstances may account for the fact that we had rather less to do with each other on the whole than the latest conjunction of club acquaintances. Incidentally, too, I owned relatives, but for ordinary reasons, not material to this narrative, they didn't count.

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