Wilbur Smith


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>>By doug   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 13:01)

I like Wilbur Smith and all of his books because he shows diverse surroundings. His figian, African, and many other backrounds inspire readers to keep reading. He is a beautifull writer with an abundance of power in his words.

>>By brittgirl   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 13:01)

Does anyone know the title that comes between Birds of Prey and Monsoon?

>>By maam   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 13:01)

Does any one know the actual disease as described as "bird footed" in his book "Sunbird"?

>>By wedidnot   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 13:01)

I'm a Wilbur Smith fan, and over the years have read all of his books! I am really looking forward to his next book due to be released in March 2003, BLUE HORIZON.

If you are looking for a book to read until Wilburs new book comes out, you may want to check out this title: DARKSIDE OF DEBONAIR - THE BUSHMEAT TRADE by Barbara Davis. It is a lot like Wilburs!! A REALLY great read. I felt like I went on an African safari and never left my house. Like Wilburs books, I didn't want to put it down. It is so thrilling, and interesting that I've started reading it a second time, and it's just as good as the first time around. I think of Wilbur as the master storyteller, but this lady is standing right next to him!

>>By Sue   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 13:01)

Question: Can anyone tell me, Mr. Smith dedicated his most recent book to someone other than Danielle, this time. Do any of you know anything about this?

Answer: Yes, Danielle passed away in Dec 1999 from a brain tumor. He has since remarried and the new dedication is to his new wife.

>>By Sue   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 13:01)

I really like his books. I do feel though that he treats the indigenous people rather harshly.

>>By Dead Mike   (Tuesday, 1 Apr 2003 21:21)

I haven't read any Wilbur Smith yet but am planning to as soon as I have finished all the other books on my bookshelf (eyes bigger than my brain - can't read fast enough!) Apparently, his books are a lot like Bryce Courtenay's who is my favourite writer ever, so I really want to give them a try (and Courtenay just doesn't write enough books!) Can anyone suggest which one I might read first? Is there an order?

>>By jokeyjo   (Saturday, 17 May 2003 12:54)

I started reading Wilbur Smith books recently and find I can't put them down however, having recently decided to write an essay for university about culture and community in Smith's 'When the lion feeds'; I find myself stuck for where to begin. Can anybody offer any help on further reading relating the novel with culrure and community in S.Africa during the 1880-1890's.

>>By Hatboy slim   (Sunday, 18 May 2003 12:04)

Whats going on with the Courtney brothers after BLUE HORIZON? Will we be seeing Jim Courtney with the next book or will it be his son George. please help me if you have any news, these books are extremely addictive.

>>By Sandy crack   (Monday, 19 May 2003 10:10)

I also would love to know what the next adventure will involve. Do you have any info for a dedicated Wilbur smith fan? I am also hatboy slimms wurst enemy

>>By Sam Rogerson   (Monday, 19 May 2003 10:15)

I just started reading his books a while ago and they are so hard to put down....i love his realism and detail...and especially all the stuff that happens in Africa cause i lived in South Africa most of my life >_< hehe..

yah but his books are Numba 1

>>By Vlad YAtsina   (Tuesday, 24 Jun 2003 21:39)

on what date does wilbur smith always start writing a new book? I know it is February but I need something more specific.

>>By kally   (Saturday, 3 Jan 2004 16:04)

Here's a my Wilbur Smith website in French language. So here's the URL :


bibliography, biography, contests, movies and tv movies, interviews and links.

See you later !! Laurent

>>By trekk   (Monday, 12 Apr 2004 01:52)

in response:
i would suggest to any new reader of Wilbur Smith that they start out with a classic like River God and move on to Warlock and The Seventh Scroll, as they can pretty much read like one large book.
the first book I ever read from him was Blue Horizon and then I worked myself backwards in the Courteney series (I noticed he switches back and forth from Courteney to Courtney) which was an interesting way to experience the books, but I started with River God and moved forward from that. I just finished Sunbird last night and was rather confused with all the loose ends that were never tied up, and was rather disappointed that Huy went to his grave thinking Lannon was a true friend. I was also confused as to why Sally and Ben married at the end? Anyway I think I am going to start a new one tonight, I just got 3 in the mail so I'm gonna tackle one of those.

I haven't read any Wilbur Smith yet but am planning to as soon as I have finished all the other books on my bookshelf (eyes bigger than my brain - can't read fast enough!) Apparently, his books are a lot like Bryce Courtenay's who is my favourite writer ever, so I really want to give them a try (and Courtenay just doesn't write enough books!) Can anyone suggest which one I might read first? Is there an order?

>>By jokeyjo (Saturday, 17 May 2003 12:54)

>>By riffers   (Wednesday, 10 Nov 2004 16:27)

If I've already read River God, then would it make the most sense to read Warlock before The Seventh Scroll?

>>By resealable   (Tuesday, 16 Nov 2004 17:26)

Wilbur Smith is an amazing storyteller. I enjoy his books immensely.

After a course in Literature where I learned the significance of subtext and how to analyse subtext, I must say certain dominant discourses embedded in the subtext of his writings become very noticable:

1) Heroes of "high breeding": All his male heroes are always exceptionally fit, intelligent and virile - the quintessential "alpha-males". They all long for male children. In the actual text, feminist issues are paid lip service, but the subtext belies this. Women are invariably described in terms of their sexual desirability. People's external appearances are seen as a physical manifestation of their characters. In "Blue Horizon", he equates a female character's shapely legs with her "noble" descent...!

2) African tribalism: whilst Smith explicitly names tribalism as one of the known problems of Africa, he commits tribalism himself, by having his White heroes align themselves with a particular tribe and sing their praises, whilst demonising the rival tribes. The Ballantyne books and Courtneys of Africa books contain numerous examples of this. A specific example occurs in "Leopard hunts in Darkness", where the hero, Craig, speaks the language of the Matabeles and thinks they are a noble tribe, whereas the Shonas are the opposite.

3) Capitalism: Smith is unashamedly capitalist. The theme of the "Protestant work ethic" recurs throughout his books: how his heroes blaze a trial through the wilderness and then through hard work and trade (and the "spoils of war") accumulate immense wealth.

4) Colonialism: Smith's heroes are almost invariably White (former) colonialists (with an exception here or there) and defend colonialism in subtle and not so subtle ways.

5) Political attitudes: Smith's female characters are often protrayed as "naive" and politically left-wing to start out with, but through their trials in the African wilderness eventually come round to the more hawkish attitudes of the male characters.

So much for the subtext. A friend of mine also commented on the sloppy language usage (split infinitives, etc.) that sometimes slip through. I am also irritated when he uses the same metaphor twice to describe something (i.e. in "Blue Horizon" the Sun was called an "orange" several times).

On the up-side, I love the way he mixes fact (accumulated through his painstaking research) with fiction. There are numerous instances of this, but a couple of examples would include how he mentions that a Ballantyne was the first prime minister of Zimbabwe, how he talks of the "Ballantyne" Scouts (the Selous Scouts indeed existed, but there were no such thing as the "Ballantyne" Scouts), the "Third Brigade" (as opposed to Mugabe's very real Fifth Brigade). It's good fun to spot this and at the same time suspend one's disbelief as he seamlessly mixes truth and fiction. He is an excellent raconteur, with the natural storyteller's feel for dramatism. It's no coincidence that many of his main characters are also storytellers.

I still enjoy Wilbur Smith's books. They are unputdownable!

>>By Tequimba   (Wednesday, 24 Nov 2004 14:27)

I must say that one thing I forgot to mention is the commendable way he allows two of the major Courtney characters (brothers) in "Blue Horizon" to belong to different faiths and letting that be to their benefit (they can trade freely with both Christians and Muslims), in stead of making it a point of conflict or choosing sides. For a guy who has never really bothered being politically correct, that is quite an achievement... :-)

>>By Tequimba   (Wednesday, 24 Nov 2004 14:32)

If you haven't read River God, you need to..its an awesome book..

>>By Chelle   (Sunday, 27 Nov 2005 06:57)

Has no one commented about Wilbur Smith or his books on Gnooks since 27 Nov 2005?

>>By Pete   (Monday, 7 Aug 2006 16:48)

Hi Pete! Just left you a message...

>>By riffers   (Wednesday, 27 Sep 2006 10:22)

I share the same publisher as Wilbur Smith...St. Martin's Press.
As a first-time author, I'm interested in receiving some feedback on my book - The Lion of St. Mark. It's set in Venice during the Renaissance and begins with the Ottoman siege of Constantinople in 1453. Has anyone read it? I've had some pretty positive reviews (Philadelphia Inquirer and Booklist, for example) but I'm really more interested in what readers think.

>>By DoUC?   (Sunday, 5 Nov 2006 16:56)

Just reread The Angels Weep and as sometimes happens I picked up something I had previously missed, the fact that Ralph's wife Cathy would appear to be his cousin, or did I get that wrong?

>>By Hairy_Scot   (Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 09:22)

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