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Moving and heartwarming story of a boy against all the odds. An insightful illustration of the true evil of Apartheid and what black people had to endure.
Mark Mathabane is my hero! Would love to know how all his family are now. A sequel after so many years would be wonderful.
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this is the most difficult review I've had to write. it was not easy to accompany the author through the horrors of his own childhood; the seemingly insurmountable obstacles he and his family faced; his persistence; his eventual success and yet the sacrifice of having to leave his family behind knowing the conditions they had to face in order to pursue his dream. Saddest of all, it's another example of man's inhumanity to man; and yet I couldn't stop reading it. My compliments to Mark for having the courage to re live the nightmares onto paper.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
All young South Africans regardless of race need to read this book to provide a context for the events and affairs of the country and people at large.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Mark, by reading his own story, gives this book so much passion and authenticity. A great insight into life during the apartheid era! My heart broke for him and his whole family, and for all those who had their freedom and humanity stripped from them, both then and now. Thank you Mark x
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
The story of a boy and a nation who had darkness brought upon their world by a people, but whose total destruction was also prevented by the generosity of other people.