n English in Africa - The Great Karoo, Fred Stenson : review
|Article Title||The Great Karoo, Fred Stenson : review|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||English in Africa|
|Author||Travis V. Mason|
|Publication Date||Oct 2009|
|Pages||113 - 115|
Canadian author Fred Stenson has been writing since 1974, when he published his first novel, Lonesome Hero, at the age of twenty-two. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada's oil-rich, Rocky Mountain frontier province, Stenson finally reached national prominence with the historical novels The Trade (2000) and Lightning (2003). With the success of these two fictions, set in nineteenth-century Western Canada, Stenson decided to complete a trilogy of sorts and began researching Alberta's homestead era. When his research uncovered the extent to which the South African War of 1899 - 1902 involved Canadians, particularly Alberta cowboys, the stage was set for what would become his fifth novel and fifteenth book. The Great Karoo is a compelling evocation of turn-of-the-century politics, war, and imperialism set against a harsh, beautiful South African landscape.
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