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The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
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Nov 21, 2011

really liked it

THE POWER OF ONE by Bruce Courtenay.
The story takes place 1939 to 1951 in Africa. It’s kind of a coming-of-age book that begins when Peekay, a white boy, is five and charts his unusual life to adulthood. It has a pretty brutal beginning but I’m glad I stuck with it. The writing is beautiful—I could almost smell the African land.
It’s an indictment of ignorance, prejudice, and segregation (later to become Apartheit). But it also affirms courage, loyalty, and hope. The ending is somewhat contrived, but I'll forgive the author that, I enjoyed his writing so much.
Look up Courtenay AFTER you’ve read the book!


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