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Rage by Wilbur Smith. 1987 - William Heinemann. For sale is a first edition, first printing. very good used hardback book in a very good dust jacket.

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For sale is a very good hardback copy of the novel, Rage by Wilbur Smith, published in 1987 by William Heinemann.

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Title Rage
Author Wilbur Smith
Publisher William Heinemann
Edition first edition, first printing
Copyright Year 1987
ISBN 0434714186
Cover Price 11.95
No. Pages 627
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 1.11

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by no mention of later editions on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and gold lettering. The boards have a slight knock to a corner with no other signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are very slightly toned but with no other marks, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The very good dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £11.95. It has a few small nicks to the edges.

Overall a very good copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith was born on January 9, 1933 in what was then Northern Rhodesia and is now Zambia. At the age of eighteen months baby Wilbur was struck down by cerebral malaria, delirious for ten days, and doctors warned that he could be brain-damaged if he survived.

Survive he most certainly did, and as he grew up he began to share his mother's interest in novels. Her tastes were wide-ranging but they included adventure novels, which the young Wilbur devoured. In conjunction with the magnificent environment in which he was growing up, these forays into the world of the imagination made him intensely aware of his surroundings: the wildlife, the vast open spaces, the freedom to roam the country and the political tensions too.

Smith's desire to write first showed itself when he was a young man with his heart set on becoming a journalist so that he could chronicle the rapidly changing social situations of southern Africa. His stern, Victorian father, who never read a book in his life, had other ideas, however. 'Don't be a bloody fool,' he said. 'You'll starve to death. Get a real job.'

Synopsis of this title

In Wilbur Smith's masterly epic of love, hatred and revenge, the long and deadly enmity between Manfred De La Rey and Shasa Courtney explodes as South Africa herself is swept by the fires of racial conflict.

The two half brothers are now ministers in a government dedicated to a vision of the sub-continent in which people of all races would be free to develop and flourish separately.

However, both men must confront the ugly reality of apartheid and their country's growing isolation in a cynical and hostile world.

In this violent and bloody struggle against the mounting tide of black rage Manfred and Shasa must also face the consequences of their own ruthless ambition for power and the fate to which their bloodlines and destinies, so closely bound together, have compelled them.

Rage displays all of Wilbur Smith's most powerful skills of storytelling in a sweeping adventure full of passion and danger and the march of historic events, illuminating those turbulent years from the early 1950s to the mid 1960s in which the crisis of the present day was formed.

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Smith continues the family saga set in South Africa which he began in The Burning Shore and The Power of the Sword. This new novel focuses on the half brothers, Shasa Courtney and Manfred De La Rey, now high officials in the Nationalist government. During the mounting protest and violence brought on by apartheid in the 1950s and early 1960s, these former enemies find themselves working together to save the land they both love. Other family members are involved too. Michael, one of Shasa's sons, becomes a reporter who opposes apartheid, while Lothar, Manfred's son, is a policeman who enforces it. The interlocking stories of these and many others, set against the authentic African historical and cultural background that Smith so effectively provides, produces both a compelling tale and some real insights into South Africa.

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