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First Edition Friday Presents: The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God by Bernard Shaw. - 10th Jul 2020

I will be the first to admit that when this came across my lap I was concerned. A story from the 1930’s about a black woman... I felt this may be very.... problematic. 
So I did some research and what I found surprised me. 
This is a selection of short stories from Bernard Shaw (Best known for Pygmalion and it’s adaptation My Fair Lady) which follows an African woman in the wake of interacting with white Christian missionaries. Dissatisfied with their teachings, she embarks upon her own quest for God and Truth. Journeying through the forest, she encounters various religious figures, each one seeking to convert her to their own brand of faith. It is a sardonic fable which echoes Shaw’s unorthodox views on religion and also attacks the racist and sexist underpinnings of religious dogma and prophesies the emergence of feminism and multiracialism.
Definitely not what I was expecting! 
This is visually striking First Edition, Fourth impression and is available online or in store for $14.00NZD. 
(I know it is not a true first edition, but it was so gorgeous and interesting that I had to share) 

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