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The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
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Dec 01, 2008

really liked it

Bryce Courtenay does a wonderful job following the childhood and young adulthood of a boy growing up in South Africa during the 1940s. The story starts when PK (as he later is named by a man he meets. His real name is never mentioned.) is bullied and tortured by the "judge" and "jury" as he calls them at a boarding school. He vows to be able to hold his own and finds boxing through a man he meets on his way home from school named Hoppie Groenwald. The story of his rise to become the boxing champion of South Africa is quite remarkable and the characters he meets who help him along the way make for a fast read even though it is a 500+ book. I also really like how Courtenay added information about South Africa and Apartheid in the back of the book to give context to the story.
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