How would you summarize An American Visitor by Joyce Cary?
Joyce Cary’s An American Visitor is the story of Marie Hasluck. Marie is an American journalist who travels to Nigeria which, at the time, is under the control of the British government. In Marie’s eyes, all the non-white people she encounters are “noble savages.” In a nutshell, the idea of a noble savage is about people who are innately good despite not having been exposed to what the Western world would call civilization. Marie’s opinions earn her the reputation of being an idealist.
She comes into conflict with many of the ideals of colonialism expunged by the Europeans already in Africa, but she ends up falling in love with one of them—a district officer named Eustace Bewsher. While he is described as unconventional, it seems that Bewsher has a superior understanding of the native Africans and this, coupled with his unique personality, enable him to keep order by relating to people, rather than resorting to violence.
Over the course of the book, Marie’s notion of a...
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