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Antonia Saw the Oryx First (1987) [Novel]
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A complex, deeply written and finely wrought double portrait of two women, one black, one white, picking their way through the debris of a shattered colonialism, discovering unexpected treasures buried in the rubble.

Original title: Antonia Saw the Oryx First
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction


  • Cover painting: Queen of Cups by Sylvia Sleigh, courtesy of Soho 20, New York and Zaks Gallery, Chicago
  • Cover design: Royce Becker
  • Photo credit: Helen von Houton
  • To my mother Ada Thomas and to my late father Robert R. Thomas

Edition #1: Antonia Saw the Oryx First

Antonia Saw the Oryx First (1987)
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Language: English

  • "Isak Dinesen... Rebecca West... Gertrude Stein and Edith Wharton. To this company, in the tradition of Hemingway and others, and in many ways as brilliant as the best of them, we must now add Maria Thomas." Marianne Wiggins, The New York Times Book Review
  • "Have you wondered what happened to the East African world of Beryl Markham, Isak Dinesen and Ernest Hemingway... [Maria Thomas] writes with the same skill, sympathy and (ultimately) detachment as her famous predecessors. And she writes with such clarity of detail, stripped of wishful political illusions, that Africa shimmers in the reader's mind." Gail Boyer, St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • "To read it is to walk through some inaccesible, exotic, ruined place--and to suddenly come upon an unexpected treasure." Elizabeth Stewart, San Jose Mercury
  • "Exquisite. The year's best novel." Bruce Allen, USA Today
  • "It is a poetic exploration of half a dozen diffrerent themes: 'civilized' versus 'primitive', male versus female, an effort to suggest a profound and particular woman's way of knowing... There is an extraordinary richness to Thomas' writing." Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
  • "Impressive." Vogue
  • "Relentlessy intelligent." Richard Lipez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • "Sharp, surprising images of Africa." Elle
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Antonia Saw the Oryx First (1987)

ISBN: 0939149907

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