This Side Jordan
Penguin Modern Classics Edition
FICTION / Historical / General
Aug 04, 2020
5.18 x 7.97 x 0.74 in | 0.56 lb
McClelland & Stewart
- Author Bio
A major work of lasting significance, This Side Jordan creates echoes in the mind of the reader as resonant as the drums of Ghana.
Best known for her novels about the Canadian prairie, Margaret Laurence began her career writing about West Africa. Based on her experience living with her husband on the Gold Coast (now Ghana) in the years just before independence, This Side Jordan confronts issues of race relations, sexism, and colonial exploitation.
This lyrical, vivid novel addresses all of the tensions of the time: the excitement, anticipation, and dread felt by both the Africans and the English as they confronted a new order. The book’s hero, a school teacher torn between duty to his tribe and aspirations for his country’s future in the modern world, names his son “Joshua” as a sign of hope that he will claim and enjoy his homeland. This Side Jordan anticipates many of the political and racial issues that were to plague Ghana over the next fifty years. Evocative and poignant, it is a subtle study of the effects of colonialism, culture clash, and the resilience of hope in new political identity.
Story Locale: Ghana, West Africa
NOW IN PMC: Margaret Laurence’s first novel now in Penguin Modern Classics.
INTERNATIONAL SETTING: While most of Laurence’s novels were set in Canada, This Side Jordan is based in Ghana.
PRAISE FOR THIS SIDE JORDAN:
“Artistically and expertly written and constructed, this novel is of unusual and noteworthy calibre.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Highly recommended as a good and timely read.”—Library Journal