The Story of an African Farm

Author: Olive Schreiner (Ralph Iron)
Published: 1883
Language: English
Wordcount: 101,677 / 273 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 95.9
LoC Category: PN
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 2,341
mnybks.net#: 6172
Origin: gutenberg.org
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This well-written and provocative book gained recognition as the first realistic description of life in South Africa, and raised significant controversy with its progressive views on marriage and religion.

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p quickly, and cleared a small space from the bushes which covered it. Looking carefully, he found twelve small stones of somewhat the same size; kneeling down, he arranged them carefully on the cleared space in a square pile, in shape like an altar. Then he walked to the bag where his dinner was kept; in it was a mutton chop and a large slice of brown bread. The boy took them out and turned the bread over in his hand, deeply considering it. Finally he threw it away and walked to the altar with the meat, and laid it down on the stones. Close by in the red sand he knelt down. Sure, never since the beginning of the world was there so ragged and so small a priest. He took off his great hat and placed it solemnly on the ground, then closed his eyes and folded his hands. He prayed aloud:

"Oh, God, my Father, I have made Thee a sacrifice. I have only twopence, so I cannot buy a lamb. If the lambs were mine, I would give Thee one; but now I have only this meat; it is my dinner meat. Please, my Father, send fi

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