THE POWER OF ONE by Bryce Courtenay

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The story:
The Power of One is a coming of age story of a young white boy and the obstacles he faces in South Africa, a country rife with racial discrimination and hatred. At a young age he learns to box out of a desire to defend himself.
The book starts out by explaining how a young white boy named Peekay who lives on a farm with his black nanny because his mom had a mental break down. It takes place in South Africa during WWII. He goes to a Boer boarding school and is made fun of for being English.
Then he leaves because his mom comes home. He goes home on a train and the guard teaches him about boxing. He decides he wants to become a boxer. Then, he meets another guy who teaches him piano. That guy goes to jail, and Peekay learns to box there. He becomes superman (in a sense) with the perfect combination of wits and boxing ability. He goes to a new school for geniouses and furthers all of his talents.
This book is so unrealistic it is offensive. It tries to explain the difficulties of being English in South Africa but strays from this dramatically. It talks about magical chickens and other "cute" things.

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About the author:
He said about himself, 'I was born illegitimately in 1933 in South Africa and spent my early childhood years in a small town deep in the heart of the Lebombo mountains.
It was a somewhat isolated community and I grew up among farm folk and the African people. At the age of five I was sent to a boarding school which might be better described as a combination orphanage and reform school, where I learned to box - though less as a sport and more as a means to stay alive.'

THE POWER OF ONE by Bryce Courtenay
Sprache: Englisch
Taschenbuch - 528 Seiten - Ballantine Books
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1996
Auflage: Mvi Tie in
ISBN: 034541005X
Preis: € 13,95

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