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A Masterwork of historical fiction
Manu Herbstein’s The Boy who Spat in Sargrenti’s Eye is  a masterwork of historical fiction, with the emphasis on historical.   The story is set in the events leading up to the creation of the British  Gold Coast Colony and Protectorate in 1874, and its main theme is a  boy’s – and a nation’s — struggle to retain dignity in the midst of  their loss of independence.  Subtly, then, this is an anti-colonial  story. Read On
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