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Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend

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Raised in a multi-ethnic farming community, Afrikaner Christo Brand was confused and saddened whenhe first confronted the realities of South African apartheid.Conscripted into the military at 18, Brandchose toserveas a prison guardrather thanembrace the brutality and dangerinherent in the workofsoldiersand policemen.Assigned to the maximum security facility onremoteRobben ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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This is far from great literature - there are many places where I wanted a bit more detail about Mr. Brand's life, and the prose is workmanlike, not beautiful - but it is a very worthwhile story. If there are a couple of statements I found jarring at the end, there's still a lot of warmth and a fairly vivid picture of Mr. Mandela. So this book achieves its purpose. I think it should prove popular, and I am glad I bought it for the library. Recommended for adults and older teens, who will empathi ...more
Joe Beer
The book tells the story of an Afrikaans farmboy that becomes a prison warder. He worked on Robben Island, at Pollsmoor and Viktor Verster prisons. Many political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, were there at the same time.

I enjoyed the book although it is not going to win an award. Only gripe with the audible version is that the narrator should've been South African to improve on the pronunciation of many of the local words, but not too serious
Fantastic story. Not the entirety of mandalas life, just what his warden and later friend experienced. Easy to read, not too dry.
Petr Boška
Extraordinary story of an extraordinary man.
Erica Jones
kind of slow but a good read.
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