About this item
Number of Pages: 396
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Author: Joan Bismillah
Street Date: April 22, 2019
Item Number (DPCI): 247-64-1464
Growing up 'European' in 1930s and '40s South Africa, Joan leads a privileged life ... though marred by family tragedy. After she escapes her Victorian grandmother's repressive upbringing to study midwifery, she comes face to face with the racial inequities of her homeland when she falls in love with Bis, a handsome young Indian doctor. Increasingly dangerous harassment and oppression force the couple to escape South Africa for London and finally small-town Canada, where Bis can run his medical practice and live as he wishes. A heartbreaking, unique, and elegantly written perspective on life under Apartheid, A CHAMELEON FROM THE LAND OF THE QUAGGA offers a deeply moving love story and a fascinating glimpse at history. This is an inspirational depiction of the life and indefatigable spirit of a woman who continually reinvents herself to conquer the challenges life throws at her no matter where she is or how dark and difficult the times....
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