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Book 19- Streets Paved with Gold
Series: Streets Paved with Gold. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,330. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: December 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
The first story follows the first battle of the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 as it unfolds from letters sent home by the troopers and from dispatches by their officers. The differing points of view are contrasted. The second story relates the attempts by illegal immigrants to cross over the border in search of a better life. The lives of two unrelated families crossing the river become entwined.
Book 18- Streets Paved with Gold
Series: Streets Paved with Gold. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,850. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: December 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
One hundred years after the Zulu uprising of 1906, a family buys a farm near to where the final battle was fought. By coincidence, the farmer’s grandfather was in command of the force which put down the rebels. The rebel leader Bambatha was never caught. His ghost is believed to haunt the forest. The second story is a light-hearted look at an isolated village cut off from the rest of the world.
Book 17- Streets Paved with Gold
Series: Streets Paved with Gold. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,780. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: November 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
In the first short story, a child hitches a ride on the fishmonger’s cart. His mother is frantic with worry over his disappearance. The portrait of childhood innocence is set against the background of the political disturbances of the day where coloured people were forcibly removed from “white suburbs”. The second story is an African version of Shakespeare’s play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Book 16- Streets Paved with Gold
Series: Streets Paved with Gold. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,920. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: November 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
The first story is loosely based on African folklore. The Crocodile Queen rules over a unique tribe whose centuries old culture is disturbed by the intrusion of the modern world. The second story is set on a remote farm during the Anglo-Boer war of 1899. The family hosts a tramp on his way from the coast. When a Boer Commando arrives, it is the tramp who is abducted, not the farmer.
Book 15- Streets Paved with Gold
Series: Streets Paved with Gold. Price: Free! Words: 5,470. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: October 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
This sketch chronicles life on the streets in the big city as seen through the eyes of two street vendors. The informal economy is, for many people, the only way to survive. However, two middle-aged women, Lebo and Dimpho, discover that having a powerful friend can also be useful in the battle for survival.
Book 14- Streets Paved with Gold
Series: Streets Paved with Gold. Price: Free! Words: 6,220. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: October 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
The year is 1901 during the Anglo-Boer war. A small town in the Northern Cape is under siege by the Boers. Food in the town is in short supply. Officially, the indigenous black and brown population are not involved in the war. It is a white man’s war. However, food shortages affect everyone. Bullets and shells kill indiscriminately. Can one really say it is a white man’s war?
Book 13- Streets Paved with Gold
Series: Streets Paved with Gold. Price: Free! Words: 4,170. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: October 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
This story is set in the Kalahari Desert. The shaman of a Khoi Bushman clan sends young !Goab on a mission. A drought has been ravaging their community for three years and the survival of the family depends on the success of his mission. However, !Goab’s task is put at risk when he finds a bushman girl dying of thirst and hunger. Should he abandon his mission or rather leave her to die?
Book 12- Streets Paved with Gold
Series: Streets Paved with Gold. Price: Free! Words: 5,250. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: October 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Cathy, a young woman of twenty three, moves house. She is overjoyed at owning her first flat. Her friends help her with the move. The place is warm and comfortable. However, soon after settling in, things start to go wrong and she suspect that someone is using witchcraft against her. Her only solution is to fight fire with fire.
Book 10 Streets Paved with Gold
Series: Streets Paved with Gold, Book 10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,230. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: August 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
The first story is an “Aesop’s Fable” from the African bush. A greedy honey badger learns a lesson about the African tradition of “Ubuntu” or sharing. The second story, The Snoek Run, is a sketch about the west coast fishermen and the lives they lead. Snoek are a type of fish related to the mackerel sometimes growing up to two meters in length.
Book 9 Streets Paved with Gold
Series: Streets Paved with Gold, Book 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,470. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: July 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
In the first story, a young Xhosa woman is busy cleaning her father’s grave when a stranger appears, claiming that her father is buried in the grave. The confusion is a problem not only for the two women but also for the ancestors. In the second story, a hero in the struggle for freedom is awarded a medal. This gives him an opportunity to reflect on whether his sacrifice was worth it.