Colonial Adventure and Other Stories by H. Ann Ackroyd is a compelling collection of novella and short stories. Written in rhythmic free form prose this book explores the British colonial history of Africa, specifically Zimbabwe (the then, Rhodesia). As the author draws from the experiences of herself and her family in Africa, it is very hard to match her narrative. Her understanding of the events and issues reflects themselves on each page. Like H. Ann Ackroyd’s other works this too through its intricate narration puts forward a vivid picture of the culture, lifestyle and history. It is every bit moving and pivotal.
The illustrations are simple yet communicate the essence of the pieces appropriately and in an engaging manner. Each piece strikes a chord with the readers. Especially me coming from a colonized ethnicity myself connected with the feelings of them immensely, even though the experiences differed.
The stories are short and crisp. They are meant to be savoured slowly but I devoured it in 2 sittings. This is a very significant and enriching read. I’ll recommend it to everyone who likes a good piece of literature.
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About the Author. H. Ann Ackroyd was born and raised in southern Africa. She is of British and Austrian parentage and has family in Britain, Europe and Africa with whom she keeps in touch and on whose experiences she draws, along with her own, in Colonial Adventures and Other Stories and Across the Rift. She was trained at the University of Vienna, Austria, as a translator: main languages English and German, also Spanish and Portuguese. She has lived in Africa, Europe, Brazil and now lives in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada… Visit her website.