Rachel's Reviews > Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa

Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
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Jun 30, 09

bookshelves: history-biography, african
Read in June, 2009

As the first account of the South African apartheid experience I had heard, this book certainly opened my eyes to that issue. It seems so obvious to us now the violations of human rights and the greed, selfishness, and arrogance of the white leaders at the time. I loved that Mark was able to overcome the huge obstacles and realize his ultimate dream of getting out of the slum and playing tennis in America. He also had a humble attitude of "how can WE fix this problem?" instead of anger, bitterness, or despair. My favorite theme of the book was that working hard in education and sport (even if you need a little bit of luck or a helping hand), anyone can achieve great things in life and change things for the better.

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