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The Ancient One Ilan Herman

The Ancient One

Ilan Herman

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342 pages
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The Ancient One, a fantasy novel, chronicles the life of Uxe, a man who lives for a thousand years. Inspired by the life of the Kalahari’s Bushmen, the story also evokes the biblical times of Moses and the exodus of the Israelites.As a boy living inMoreThe Ancient One, a fantasy novel, chronicles the life of Uxe, a man who lives for a thousand years. Inspired by the life of the Kalahari’s Bushmen, the story also evokes the biblical times of Moses and the exodus of the Israelites.As a boy living in southern Africa, Uxe ventures into the desert on a punishing tribal initiation and discovers a blue tuberous root that holds the key to longevity. Instructed by god, who speaks from the fire, Uxe begins a quest to unite five tribes of hunter-gatherers, and builds a flourishing society that lasts for centuries, only to see it destroyed by fierce invaders known as “Whiteman.”In the year 2020, Carli Brown, an African-American linguist, uncovers the history of the vanished tribes and locates Uxe. Hunted by government powers hungry for the life-prolonging root, Carli helps resurrect the legacy of a forgotten people.When Uxe discovers the truth about his millennium-long journey—his immortality is the result of a social experiment conducted by a bounteous race from the stars—he chooses to die and leaves Carli to carry on the legacy of The Ancient One.