The Ghost That Closed Down The Town

R 57.00  

Subtitle: The Story Of The Haunting Of South Africa
Author: Arthur Goldstuck
Publisher: Penguin Books (2006)
ISBN-13: 9780143025054
Condition: Very Good+
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 328
Dimensions: 19.9 x 13.1 x 2.7 cm

Weight: 0.35 kg
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Somewhere in the far reaches of the eastern extremes of Mpumalanga province, near the Swaziland border in a region where traffic lights and rush hour are concepts from a foreign land, lies a small town called Amsterdam. By day, it is a bustling little village, with farmers, businessmen, and civil servants going about their unchanging routines year after year; by night, the town comes to a near standstill, with only the occasional passing car or pedestrian, and maybe lights in the windows of the small houses, betraying signs of life. But one night a week even these vestiges of humanity disappear. At six o’ clock on a Saturday night, as dusk falls, the streets empty entirely. The cars are parked in their garages, the heavy curtains are drawn, and darkness descends along with a deathly hush. And then, without a sound, a horse enters the main road, mounted by a grimly silent horseman. Not even the sound of hooves on the tar can be heard. As the soundless horse passes the houses and the shops and the municipal off
ices, the rider looks neither to the left nor the right, but stares ahead, as if transfixed by a destination that cannot be evaded. If anyone were watching, they would realise the horseman is a soldier, dressed in a uniform that has not been seen in battle for almost a century. A uniform of the Boer army that went into battle against the English in a time when this town could not be called a town.

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