To that list of books on apartheid, White Dog Fell From The Sky is a beautiful addition. During the time when apartheid was an existent truth in South Africa, Botswana was more of a safe haven. Eleanor Morse takes the story of people from these nations and gives the world a new insight into the recent history of Africa.
Isaac Muthete, a medical student from South Africa witnessed a horrific crime and now smuggled into Botswana, he has a chance to rebuild a life he thought he had lost. His search for a decent job leads him at the doorsteps of Alice, an American expat. Working as Alice Mendelssohn’s gardener, gives him hope for a better life.
Alice, who after a failed marriage decides to go exploring in the wilderness of Botswana on work, leaves Isaac in charge, to take care of her house. Trip introduces Alice to newer possibilities in life and when she returns home she is shocked to find Isaac missing. The scene she walks into confirms that Isaac was taken away, rather than leave on his own. This sets Alice on a mission to find Isaac and bring him back.
Eleanor Morse ties the lives of Alice and Isaac in a bond of friendship and trust, leaving the readers raw with emotions. This book is hard to get by without giving yourself that time and space to sort out what’s happening and just when you come to terms with it, the next wave hits. Beautiful narration of an era that put humanity to test. You shouldn’t miss out on this book.
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