Circles in a Forest
Saul Barnard is a man with a self-imposed mission - to halt the wanton destruction of the Knysna Forest, home of wild elephants and the fiercely independent families of woodcutters. For years he has protected the forest from intruders, and has developed a mystical kinship with the spirit of Old Foot, the majestic and indomitable bull elephant. When word goes round that Old Foot is on the rampage, Saul is propelled towards a terrible confrontation that will change his future forever.
- Electronic book text
- 01 Oct 2012
- Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- South Africa
About Dalene Matthee
Acclaimed and well-loved South African writer Dalene Matthee was born in Riversdal in the Western Cape in 1938. After studying and teaching music she began writing children's stories and later short stories and novels for adults in Afrikaans. Her works have been translated into more than fourteen languages. The first to appear in English was the best-selling Circles in a Forest, followed by Fiela's Child - both of which were made into feature films - The Day the Swallows Spoke, The Mulberry Forest and, in 2004, DreamForest. Matthee's writing has won her many awards, including the Afrikaans Language and Cultural Association's Literary Award (three times). Her knowledge of the famous Knysna Forest was legendary and she received an award from the Southern African Institute of Forestry 'in recognition of exceptional service'. Dalene Matthee died in February 2005. Her last novel, Die Uitgespoeldes, was completed shortly before her death. It was published by Penguin Books in 2005 in both its original Afrikaans and in English translation as Driftwood. Both Circles in a Forest and Fiela's Child were reissued as Penguin Modern Classics in 2005.