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James Bray, an English colonial administrator who used to be expelled from a principal African state for siding with its black nationalist leaders, is invited again ten years later to hitch within the country's independence celebrations. As he witnesses the factionalism and violence that erupt as progressive beliefs are subverted by means of ambition and greed, Bray is once more compelled to settle on aspects, a decision that turns into either his triumph and his undoing.
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47 The black man sat in the back of the car in a white shirt and grey pants, smelling of carbolic soap. ' Festus gave him a look registering the intention to answer� but in the meantime rolled down the window and yelled out. A faint cry went up from the servants' quarters. Festus bellowed; and this time the youngster came running to open and close the gates behind the car. As the headlights threw a bright dust opaque ramp into the sky, Festus took up Dando. ' Bray turned and offered a cigarette over his shoulder.
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