George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)
The Black Girl in Search of God (1932)
A controversial fable.
“The story is a parable concerning the attempts of a black African girl to find and literally speak to God after being brainwashed by misguided missionaries. She meets a variety of people whilst searching for him within the jungle, many of whom represent aspects of religious faith and values from Bernard Shaw’s time period. …
The main protagonist, the ‘black girl’, has been hailed by critics as a feminist figure, able as she is to defend herself with her knobkerry and able as she is to ask what are effectively searching theological questions, albeit from a naive standpoint (such as wanting to know if God is white or black). At times Bernard Shaw parodies the racist attitudes of white colonialists; the title may be taken as ironic.”
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