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Tandia by Bryce Courtenay
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Sep 25, 10

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Read from September 07 to 24, 2010

Yes, as a whole, Tandia was slightly disappointing compared to the awe that was The Power of One, but it has so many haunting, emotive qualities that to compare it with its prequel is unnecessary, if a bit unfair.

His characters are once again life-sized – quirky, colourful, and very affecting in the way they love and hate, how they personify their cultures. His narrative is plaited with historical significance. His style of omniscience is vivid, striking; it coils first-person to third-person from one character to the next.

There were a few too many coincidences for my liking, and I felt that some of the plot's threads were rushed and others were too stretched out. And while I also have to say, I wish Courtenay's editors would have picked up the myriad Afrikaans spelling and grammar mistakes, as a white, African, Afrikaans person, this book did touch my heart.

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Dayne Just finished it , I agree it wasn't as griping as the power of one but I must say that in the end I had a fat lump in my throat. very political

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