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The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
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Mar 10, 10

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This book amazed me when I was a sophomore in high school. I didn't have the vocabulary or literary experience quite yet to fully appreciate this momentous novel, but I loved it anyway. I admit that there are times I can be slightly sexist in my reading; I tend to be more attracted to books with strong female leads. This book, about a young boy in South Africa who is a natural boxer and - honest - a good person, was an exception for me. Growing up while Hitler plots to the North, the main character is faced with the ugliness of racial discrimination (not against him, but against those around him), love, loss and a cacophony of discovery and curiosity. I would recommend it to anyone. It's long, yes, but beautiful and sewn with reflections of a reality that was.
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