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When my friend Leonard, (not his real name) passed away at a very young age, I felt I had to write about him as a person whose life seriously influenced my own. Once I finished his story, I felt that I had to write about my grandfather, who came to Potchefstroom from Lithuania. After that, the stories just flowed. I enjoyed writing them, and readers have emailed me from al ...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published August 16th 2000 by Regnis Publishing
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Lois
Mar 02, 2015 Lois rated it really liked it
I love reading stories of people, and if they are set in a strange, beautiful land, all the better. These characters came alive for me. When I finished the book, I felt bad, because I wanted to read more.

My favorite character, no surprise, is probably Tzippie. Given these stories are based on real-life events, I would love to know what happened to the real "Tzippie".

Yes, the book would benefit from a copyedit, but I did not let that detract from my enjoyment. I felt the dialogue was sometimes s
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Libby Cone
Jun 12, 2010 Libby Cone rated it did not like it
I invite experts on the complicated and tragic history of South Africa to comment on the accuracy of the author's account in the introduction. No expert is needed, however, to find “it's” being used as a possessive pronoun, or an implement for blade sharpening being described as a “wet-stone.” I began to have serious doubts when I read this sentence: “He worked hard, the hours spent pouring over accounting books giving him the stooped scolitic back and chronic myopia that on his tall thin frame, ...more
Jacob Singer
Nov 04, 2011 Jacob Singer rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Brakenstroom is a book of short stories... stories in the lives of people that truly lived in the town, POTCHEFSTROOM in South Africa. Some of the stories are very emotional, one in particular, Tzippie is a case of truth being stranger than fiction. Everyone that has read the book has enjoyed the stories, many identifying their parents with the characters. The only problem with the book is that it was self published, and never marketed effectively, but those who have read it, spread its reading ...more
David Backer
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. The stories are wonderful, and very interesting especially when one realizes that they are not fiction, but true happenings. I would advise everyone who enjoys reading to read this book, and learn how South African lived during the apartheid era.
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Jacob Asher Singer was born in 1935 near Johannesburg, in South Africa. After attending the Potchefstroom High School for Boys, he studied pharmacy at Chelsea Polytechnic in London, England. He was a practicing pharmacist in Potchefstroom for the next twenty-five years. Although Jacob was not politically active, he met and knew many active players on both sides of the political fence. When he was ...more
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