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The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
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Sep 13, 2012

really liked it

This book was recommended to me by my mother and brother. It was surprisingly good even though I was cautious to begin with. It's about a boy who calls himself Pekay and wants to be the welter weight boxing champion of the world during and after WWII. He lives in Africa. It starts off about him at the age of five going to a boarding school and being bullied because his a rooniek (English). It later continues on to when he moves and befriends a man, on the train to his new home, called Hoppie. Hoppie is a boxer and gives Pekay the inspiration to be the welter weight champion of the world. He later befriends Doc a music professor and cactus lover who goes to jail because he is a German during the War. This is where Pekay learns to box at the age of 8. Once he turns twelve he is extremely smart and goes to the highest honor school in Africa where he meets Hyme a Jewish boy. These two get into heaps of adventurous and make lots of money out of their plans. The last part of the book is when Pekay works in the mines for a year as a man. This is a really good book and I'm surprised by how much I liked it. This is defiantly a must read Bryce Courtney Book

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