The Dragon Lady
Bloomsbury, 2019 (2019)
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Reviewed by Barbara Lingens
irginia Courtauld, the
, gets shot at the beginning of this very interesting story, and we find out why through her and two others. The novel, set mainly in Rhodesia in the 1950s, is based on a true story, but author Treger has altered it to meet her requirements.
he Courtaulds moved to Rhodesia from England, and since they were wealthy and without prejudice, immediately met criticism and suspicion from their white neighbors. Ginie and her husband treated their help with decency and consideration, raising their salaries, providing appropriate living quarters, starting a school for children and a trade school for women.
t's brutal to realize what white people thought of the native Africans and how the natives were treated. Even when the Africans were educated, they had to fight for everything that whites were able to take for granted. The legacy of that time simmers today. Treger has told this part of the story well, but the flashbacks to the Courtaulds' earlier life left me wanting to know more. Also, one of the characters who tells the story, Catherine, doesn't seem fleshed out enough.
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