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The Lovers
by Bessie Head
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The Lovers
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A long time ago, on a stormy afternoon in Botswana, Keaja and Tselane fell deeply in love.  Soon they were talking about marriage.  But there was one problem: Keaja’s father had already chosen a wife for him.  This was a Tswana tradition.  Keaja and Tselana could not go against this tradition.  But they also could not live without each other.  There was only one way out for them.

This story takes place in traditional Tswana society more than 100 years ago.  It is a story about how traditional societies controlled love between young people.  The pictures show how people lived and dressed in those days and are based on sketches made by a traveler in the area between 1834 and 1836.

Adapted by Ina Lawson for advanced level readers from the story by Bessie Head.  Includes a word list.

Also available in Setswana (600-0064).

Peppercorn Book Number: 600-0007
Publisher: ViVa Books
ISBN: 1-874932-11-5
Series: Well Known Stories
Illustrator: Renee Koch
Illustrated: b&w drawings
Place of Publication: Johannesburg, South Africa
Year of Publication: 1994
Reader Level: Advanced 1
Medium: book
Format: paperback
Size: A5, portrait
Length: 52 pages


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