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A Far Country

by Daniel Mason

Isabel is a heroine for our times - one of the poor, the dispossessed, struggling to overcome the obstacles of life, and to find her beloved brother, Isaias, a musician. This is the story of her quest, but it is also a story of third world poverty, of human dignity and the indomitable human spirit. And the writing is beautiful beyond belief.

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The young man left the women and Isabel followed at a distance. Curious children gathered as he stopped by each house and clapped. In her doorway, Dona Rosa wiped her hands on a faded gingham dress. When she saw the portrait, she laughed and threw her hands over the young man, covering his face with kisses.

Parallels

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
 

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