For God and Glory #2020

For God and Glory By Tim Jeal For God and Glory In reaction to the death of her deeply religious mother young Clara Musson loses her faith and grows up seeking pleasure in the company of raffish army officers and rich landowners After being jilted
  • Title: For God and Glory
  • Author: Tim Jeal
  • ISBN: 9780688118716
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For God and Glory By Tim Jeal In reaction to the death of her deeply religious mother, young Clara Musson loses her faith and grows up seeking pleasure in the company of raffish army officers and rich landowners After being jilted by a cynical connoisseur of art and women, Clara turns to Robert Haslam, a dedicated missionary whose descriptions of the spiritual benefits of his work in Africa persuade hIn reaction to the death of her deeply religious mother, young Clara Musson loses her faith and grows up seeking pleasure in the company of raffish army officers and rich landowners After being jilted by a cynical connoisseur of art and women, Clara turns to Robert Haslam, a dedicated missionary whose descriptions of the spiritual benefits of his work in Africa persuade her to marry him and give purpose to her life On her way to join her husband in Africa, Clara is aided by Francis Vaughan, an impoverished young officer in the British Army, and by Heywood Fynn, a hard bitten American ivory trader Although puzzled by their skepticism about missionaries, she appreciates their kindness to her Only when she arrives at Robert s village does she begin to understand their attitude for her husband, instead of being widely loved by the Venda tribe, is both feared and hated His greatest adherent, the chief, Mponda, although impressed by Robert s fervent belief, will split his tribe if he converts to Christianity, which would oblige him to disown all but one of his many wives, including the youngest, Herida, who becomes Clara s closest friend Ironically and tragically Herida s father, as the tribal witch doctor, is the staunchest defender of the old ways and Robert s most implacable enemy When civil war breaks out, the British detachment sent to relieve the village is led by Francis Vaughan, whom Clara has not forgotten What follows is not only a searing description of a continent in turmoil, of cultures in irremediable conflict, but the gripping story of four honorable people Clara, Robert, Francis, and Mponda trapped by their beliefs, their passions, and the tides of history.
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    1. Tim Jeal

      Tim Jeal is the author of acclaimed biographies of Livingstone and Baden Powell His memoir, Swimming with My Father, was published by Faber in 2004 and was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize for Autobiography He is also a novelist and a former winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.

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    1. This book may not be technically brilliant, and the author s efforts to make it a love story were somewhat clumsy, but the main story was intensely compelling It treats the motives of both white missionaries soldiers fairly but critically, though the Africans were mostly passive backdrops The critical voice, interestingly for this male author, was provided by the missionary s wife, who had great admiration for both the missionary and the soldier but could not share their uncompromising certainty [...]


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