Mine Boy was the first black South African novel ever written. It gives the reader an in-depth view of what life was like during the height of the gold-mining era in South Africa, how blacks were treated during this time, and overall, what it was like to be black during this time. The main character, Xuma, struggles with many things during this novel, but his overall struggle is with his somewhat apathetic attitude towards the way things are. And I think this is what Abrahams tries to do throughout his entire book, the fact that the real story is the untold, implied, and actions he describes rather than the actual dialogue in his novel.
Overall, it is a quick read, and a good one for people interested in the complexities of the gold-mining industry and life during that time, but do not won't to be bogged down with detail, but rather human experience.