In the Valley stories

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
These short stories will take you away, down into the valley and up again to soar over the mountains.
Most are set in Africa, in the ancient bush, with people interacting with the animals, the birds and the spirits.

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About Philip van Wulven

Phil van Wulven was born in Africa, in a family who changed houses and schools, as well as countries, quite often. Landlords, Headmasters, and governments prefer you to leave places as you found them, he discovered. He has lived in Canada for quite a while now, where he is busy growing roots. He hates rejection almost as much as dejection.
He likes trees, birds, sunsets, and all that, and is getting used to the idea that seeing a sunrise doesn’t mean he is on the way to work.
He likes to read, write, drink beer, and fix stuff.

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Review by: JudithP on July 30, 2010 :
"In the Valley" is a gripping adventure with well drawn characters and plenty of well observed detail in the scene setting. The story shows the same event from different points of view and this is neatly accomplished. It contains many intriguing insights into the power and influence of elephants. The other stories set in Africa are charming and demonstrate the Author's great knowledge of the flora and fauna found there. All of the stories in this collection are interesting and I look forward to reading more of this Author's work.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dawn Judd on July 16, 2010 :
In the Valley was such an interesting book. I've always been fascinated with Africa, and Phil's descriptions leave the reader feel like she is right in the heart of it. Although each story depicted in this book is fairly short, they do not leave you wanting. They are imaginitive and descriptive in a way many authors fail to project. I enjoyed Phil's writing and hope to see more in the future.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: penny lee on June 03, 2010 :
This is just wonderful, the beautifully descriptive style pulls you right into the setting, I really loved them.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: plippy on May 29, 2010 :
These short stories reveal a love of Africa. They show the beauty, but I think they also show the delicate balance between humans and other animals. An enjoyable read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tom Greenwood on May 22, 2010 :
An interesting collection of six short stories, the first four of which all share an African theme. The first ‘Into the Valley’ is by far the longest and is my favourite. I’ve always felt some animals were more intelligent than we give them credit for. Anyway I won’t spoil it for you. As for ‘Finding the Eland’ (my 2nd favourite) it is taken from a novel, I do hope the novel contains more about the eland and the mantis.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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