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The Collector of Treasures, and Other Botswana Village Tales

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Botswana village tales about subjects such as the breakdown of family life and the position of women in this society.
Paperback, 109 pages
Published December 31st 1977 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Nicholas Whyte

An excellent collection of short stories set in Botswana shortly after independence, mostly about women affected by the changes in a colonised and modernising (but pre-AIDS) society: Christianity, traditional religion, education and especially marriage rites and expectations all get critical attention from Head in a set of sharp vignettes, of which the most memorable is perhaps the title piece, about a woman who murders her husband. It is a more gritty, se
I only read a few short stories out of this collection. I read "Heaven is Not Closed", "Life", "Snapshots of a Wedding", and "Collector of Treasures". All of the stories were good, but I was more partial to the stories that showed the friendship between women or had at least a slight feminist bent. Though the stories were meant to show that men were above vwomen in society, some of these women, particularly in "Heaven is Not Closed", show the strength of women.
This book's awesome. It's really really short and I read it like a month ago but didn't add it. If you like strong independent female main characters and a little vulgarity, or just interesting books, you'll like this. It's a classic novella of Africa and if you read it, it'll surprise you. It's just great.
Beautiful collection of short stories about rural life in Botswana...
Courtney H.
I came across Bessie Head's writing years ago, and loved her--both for her style and voice, and for the fact that she was a rare, strong female writer in the brilliant but male-dominated club of Drum journalists (on that note, that whole group of Drum journalists/writers/poets from the 1950s/60s are worth reading). But for some reason (notably the fact that I discovered her right before a long, long period in which I didn't do much non-work reading), I never read more, which was a mistake I fina ...more
A book of short stories set in Botswana villages, many of which focus on the juxtaposition of tribal tradition with Christianity and/or city life. Head writes in a matter-of-fact style which makes even horrible events seem inevitable. These stories felt tender and distantly sad... for me, a good introduction into African literature.
I've discovered a new author. Born in South Africa and lived in Botswana. Tragic life, tragic stories. The title story was well worth reading.
I enjoy the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency so I tried this book of stories from Botswana. I enjoyed it but I don't know why.
(only read some of the stories)
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Bessie Emery Head (6 July 1937 – 17 April 1986), though born in South Africa, is usually considered Botswana's most influential writer.

Bessie Emery Head was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the child of a wealthy white South African woman and a black servant when interracial relationships were illegal in South Africa. It was claimed that her mother was mentally ill so that she could be sent
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