The Old Way: A Story of the First People

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Author, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Read by , read by the author. Tantor Audio $34.99 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4001-0307-2

When Thomas was 19, her father, one of the founders of Raytheon, moved her family to Africa to live among the bushmen of the Kalahari. It's hard to imagine a teenager today who would not only give up the comforts of living in an industrialized nation like the United States but also utterly embrace and come to love a group of people who live without possessions or even permanent dwellings. Thomas sees the !Kung San as noble people, and her voice imparts the respect—almost awe—she feels in their presence. Her narration is as intimate as if she were sharing with friends her intricate knowledge of the plants and animals of the Kalahari. She speaks Ju/wasi, the click language, so she can easily explain much by using the group's own words. Thomas's voice is also wise and loving: she helps us see as these gentle people do and takes us with her through their endangered, fragile environment. Simultaneous release with the FSG hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 21). (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 03/26/2007
Release date: 11/01/2006
Genre: Audio
Hardcover - 343 pages - 978-0-374-22552-0
Compact Disc - 978-1-4001-3307-9
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-60252-917-5
MP3 CD - 978-1-4001-5307-7
Paperback - 348 pages - 978-0-312-42728-3
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