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The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
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Sep 05, 2007

it was amazing
Read in December, 2009

This book was simply wonderful. I knew about the setting, since I lived in Lorenco Marques (aka Maputo, Mocambique) in the late 70s/early 80s.

While the story is uplifting and is a fantastic story of determination and struggle all on it's own, it is the setting that put it over the top for me. One thing that comes through so pitch perfectly is the insidiousness of the systemic racism and overt cruelty of the Boer society. It was something that was so prevalent in the society that it was common to hear the most cruel and base things said in normal, everyday parlance. The way the book showed this brought back so many of those bad memories simply due to how real those situations were replayed in the book.

This is the exact type of book I would want my nephew to read in late middle school, so we could talk it through.
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12/05/2009 page 275
50.55% "Very engrossing so far!" 1 comment
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