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Laurens van der Post, spellbinding storyteller who died in 1996, sold millions of copies of. .When ''Teller of Many Tales'' was published in Britain last year, under the title ''Storyteller: The Many Lives of Laurens van der Post,'' it created a mini-sensation

Laurens van der Post, spellbinding storyteller who died in 1996, sold millions of copies of his novels and nonfiction books; British journalist J D F Jones book Teller of Many Tales: The Lives of Laurens van der Post contends Van der Post was fraud who deceived people about everything from his ancestry to his experiences; photos (M. When ''Teller of Many Tales'' was published in Britain last year, under the title ''Storyteller: The Many Lives of Laurens van der Post,'' it created a mini-sensation. The book had a gleeful reception in many British newspapers.

Then a few years later this book, "Storyteller: The Many Lives Of Laurens Van Der Post" was published and it came as no surprise, although still mindblowing.

Laurens van der Post may have fudged the truth, says Christopher Hope, but he deserves better than JDF Jones's .

Laurens van der Post may have fudged the truth, says Christopher Hope, but he deserves better than JDF Jones's po-faced biography, Storyteller. Why did van der Post's family entrust the writer's life to a journalist with no apparent understanding of how writers work? Perhaps it was felt that someone familiar with that convivial cesspit, the City of London, would take the rich, duplicitous life of a white Bushman in his stride. Jones begins his demolition job with van der Post's war record. Captured in Java in 1942, van der Post spent the rest of the war a prisoner of the Japanese.

I lived in Botswana in the 1970s and the common view held then was that Van Der Post had romantised the image of the bushmen and that his books had to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Storyteller : The Many Lives of Laurens Van Der Post. When he died in 1996, Laurens van der Post was a celebrated polymath: war-hero, writer, explorer, mystic, Jungian, behind-the-scenes diplomat, and sage to Mrs Thatcher and Prince Charles. He was a secular saint. Jones's authorised biography, he will be most famous for one skill: storytelling. His books and stories - of the bushmen of the Kalahari, of his friendship with Jung, of his diplomatic importance - may be inspiring.

Sir Laurens van der Post, the writer, lecturer, traveller and environmentalist, was a confidante of Margaret Thatcher, friend to Carl Gustav Jung, guru to Prince Charles and war hero. He died in 1996, aged 90 surrounded by friends and family; he was much loved

Sir Laurens van der Post, the writer, lecturer, traveller and environmentalist, was a confidante of Margaret Thatcher, friend to Carl Gustav Jung, guru to Prince Charles and war hero. He died in 1996, aged 90 surrounded by friends and family; he was much loved. In his lectures throughout the world and through his writing he stimulated interest in the Kalahari Bushmen of South Africa, in political causes - he was a vigorous opponent of apartheid but no fan of Nelson Mandela - in Jungian philosophy and much else besides

Laurens van der Post told lies, and told tales, and Jones has here brilliantly told the tale of his lies - and of his achievements. It is an unputdownably good read. JDF Jones does for van der Post what Michael Crick did for Jeffrey Archer.

Laurens van der Post told lies, and told tales, and Jones has here brilliantly told the tale of his lies - and of his achievements. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Daily Mail -'JDF Jones has performed a difficult task with masterly care and, it has to be said, with a deep and virtuous respect for the truth.

He presumably lives in the forest, reminding us of Freud’s Wolfman analysis about a Russian patient who as a.

He presumably lives in the forest, reminding us of Freud’s Wolfman analysis about a Russian patient who as a boy had a (sexually-toned) dream about wolves. Or was I, perhaps, and am I, "a pea who has grown too big for its pod," as Jung jokingly referred to his alleged intimate friend, vide JDF Jones in "Storyteller, the many lives of Laurens van der Post," . 30? Hope not, but it's sobering to reflect when I can't sleep, that there are now no more mountains I shall be able to climb, and that the ones I did climb were hills.

Selected Bibliography. Storyteller: The Many Lives of Laurens van der Post (2001). The Buchan Papers (1996). In the LRB Archive: Chevril: novels on South Africa · 11 November 1999. Through Fortress and Rock: The Story of Gencor, 1895-1995 (1995). Ladysmith by Giles Foden.

Sir Laurens Jan van der Post, CBE (13 December 1906 – 16 December 1996), was a 20th-century South African Afrikaner author, farmer, soldier, political adviser to British heads of government, close friend of Prince Charles, godfather of Prince William.

Sir Laurens Jan van der Post, CBE (13 December 1906 – 16 December 1996), was a 20th-century South African Afrikaner author, farmer, soldier, political adviser to British heads of government, close friend of Prince Charles, godfather of Prince William, educator, journalist, humanitarian, philosopher, explorer and conservationist.

Physical description; xv, 505p., 16p. of plates : ill., maps, plans, ports. ; 25cm. Subjects; Van der Post, Laurens. Authors, English - Biography. Explorers - Biography. Authors, South African - Biography. Authors, South African - 20th century - Biography. Travelers - South Africa - Biography.

Comments: (4)

Uaoteowi
Fascinating account of this man & his life. Author J.D.F Jones certainly pulled no punches.
Personally, it is quite sad as van der Post was a bit of a hero of mine when I was younger. I'm still glad I read the accounts of his travels in the Kalahari, the rest of his books were, in hindsight, over the top & in real need of some serious editing. His accounts of the African bush along with other African related authors gave me the incentive to go and see an Africa I might have missed. For that I'm grateful to Laurens van der Post.

But it has to be acknowledged that this man was appalling to the women in his life & perhaps should have found himself behind bars.
Katishi
I remember reading The Lost World of the Kalahari assuming I'd find some ethnographic material. Well, it was all about him and how he was the first white man ever to... Then towards the end maybe thirty pages of sketchy unreliable material on the Bushmen. So what was that all about? This book explains it, and would be better titled "Liar Liar Pants on Fire". Fascinating character, total charmer, appalling womanizer, disaster as family man, completely unreliable for factual information, writer of purple prose, purveyor of romantic ideas of "primitive" Africa, and also guru to the British royal family! This biography is pretty solid, lots of documentation. Van Der Post was a peripheral character in much 20th century polital/cultural activity: Bloomsbury group, Japanese prisoner of war camp, fight against apartheid (his position would look pretty conservative these days), Jungian psychology, environmental movement, you name it. But if you want to know what he really did, read this book -- not Van Der Post's!
Oparae
This book is fascinating, reminds me of a relative. Surely every family has one member who creates clouds of fantasy from kernels of truth!
Magis
Hardly an autobiography, this author completely misses the intent of Van Der Posts writings...and the many hidden messages.

Van Der Post wrote to capture the collective unconscious and imagination, and bring a profound element of wholeness to ones interpretation of experience. The factual correctness behind the stories of his books is of minimal relevance in this regard, what van Der post did was provide us with profound descriptive writing and deep and meaningful wording, and subtly providing us with crucial advice regarding ones individual endeavour to understand the human condition and our world.
Storyteller: the many lives of Laurens van der Post download epub
History & Criticism
Author: J.D.F. JONES
ISBN: 0719555809
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: John Murray; 1st ed. edition (2001)
Pages: 515 pages