continues the story of twins Koli and Sumo begun in Red
Dust on the Green Leaves. Sumo
establishes himself as a leader in traditional society, while Koli
suffers crushing disappointments in a harsh modern world.
I first read Red
Dust on the Green Leaves,
I did not then appreciate that the twins Koli and Sumo, thrown apart
by the differences inherent in politics divided by discrimination and
deprivation, described my Liberia. My illiterate father suffered
forcible removal of labor in Spanish plantations, while his peers
worked as unpaid porters and laborers for hinterland administrators.
My father wanted his children educated, and to learn “government
book,” and not only “God book,” so that they could
integrate into Liberian society. Future generations need to
understand the emotional and spiritual underpinning of this book and
connect urban and rural lives as this book does.” Dr.
Byron Tarr, Liberian Economist.
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