NCL 70 – The Tomorrow-Tamer by Margaret Laurence


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The Tomorrow-Tamer  was not included in Series One.


The Tomorrow-Tamer by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library N70)

Series Two

From the Back Cover:

This superb collection of short stories, set in contemporary West Africa, represents Margaret Laurence’s first published work. Here is created the brilliant, raucous often terrifying world of present-day Ghana – where modern Jaguars and modern jazz jostle for eminence against fetish figures, tribal rites and the unchanging beat of jungle drums. But Margaret Laurence’s main concern is not so much with political and social change as with people. In a rich intermingling of gaiety and tragedy, of humour and pathos, the author brings her African and European characters to vivid life.


The Tomorrow-Tamer by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library N70)Series Three

From the Back Cover:

The raucous fascinating atmosphere of contemporary West Africa. “Concise and colourful…each one at the end made me want to go on to the next.” – ALAN SILLITOE

This superb collection of short stories, set in contemporary West Africa, represents Margaret Laurence’s first published work. Here is created the brilliant, raucous often terrifying world of present-day Ghana – where modern Jaguars and modern jazz jostle for eminence against fetish figures, tribal rites and the unchanging beat of jungle drums. But Margaret Laurence’s main concern is not so much with political and social change as with people. In a rich intermingling of gaiety and tragedy, of humour and pathos, the author brings her African and European characters to vivid life.


The Tomorrow-Tamer by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

The ten stories gathered together in THE TOMORROW-TAMER are Margaret Laurence’s first published fiction. Set in raucous and often terrifying Ghana, where shiny Jaguars and modern jazz jostle for eminence against fetish figures, tribal rites, and the unchanging beat of jungle drums, the stories tell of individuals, European and African, trying to come to terms with the frightening world brought about by the country’s new freedom.

With the same compassion and understanding she would bring to her later fiction set in Canada, Laurence succeeds brilliantly in capturing the atmosphere of a continent and of individual men and women struggling for survival under the impact of the wind of change.


The Tomorrow-Tamer by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library) front coverNCL Essentials

From the Back Cover:

The ten stories gathered together in THE TOMORROW-TAMER are Margaret Laurence’s first published fiction. Set in Ghana during the establishment of Independence, Laurence’s stories tell of individuals, both European and African, navigating a changing Africa allured by modernization yet firmly attached to traditional heritage. Through a range of vibrant and complex characters, and an environment in which fetish priests and traditional rites battle for status with jazz bars and industrialization, Laurence brilliantly captures the atmosphere of a continent in the throes of dynamic and uncertain social and political change.


The Tomorrow-Tamer by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Six

From the Back Cover:

The ten stories gathered together in The Tomorrow-Tamer are Margaret Laurence’s first published fiction. Set in Ghana during the establishment of Independence, Laurence’s stories tell of individuals, both European and African, navigating a changing Africa allured by modernization yet firmly attached to traditional heritage. Through a range of vibrant and complex characters, and an environment in which fetish priests and traditional rites battle for status with jazz bars and industrialization, Laurence brilliantly captures the atmosphere of a continent in the throes of dynamic and uncertain social and political change.

“These stories have lasted because they are profound and moving meditations upon the words ‘change’ and ‘stranger'” – Guy Vanderhaeghe


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