The power of one

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Ballantine Books, Mar 13, 1990 - Fiction - 533 pages
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Set in a world torn apart, where man enslaves his fellow man and freedom remains elusive, THE POWER OF ONE is the moving story of one young man's search for the love that binds friends, the passion that binds lovers, and the realization that it takes only one to change the world. A weak and friendless boy growing up in South Africa during World War II, Peekay turns to two older men, one black and one white, to show him how to find the courage to dream, to succeed, to triumph over a world when all seems lost, and to inspire him to summon up the most irrersistible force of all: the Power of One.

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Creative plot with satisfying, albeit violent, ending. - Goodreads
I'm drowning in uninspired writing. - Goodreads
I loved the imaginative storytelling Courtenay uses. - Goodreads
Well written book with lots of insight. - Goodreads
I found both hard to read. - Goodreads
AMAZING characterization, Epic story. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

This book reignited my love of reading. I found myself emotionally attached to Peekay from the outset and somehow even more attached to the many supporting characters that go in and out of his life ... Read full review

Review: The Power of One (The Power of One #1)

User Review  - Karen De abreu nelson - Goodreads

Best book ever!!!! SO good I will read it again at another time. Read full review

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Bryce Courtenay, Courtenay is an Australian author who did not write his first book until the age of fifty-five. He is a patriot who is committed to the cause of literacy and is actively involved in many programs across Australia that motivate young people to read. His career before writing was in advertising, and he was very successful. He has won most of the local and international advertising awards and has won a gold medal for Best Documentary at the 1984 New York Film Festival. His first novel, "The Power of One," is the largest selling book by a living Australian author up to that time. Courtenay's other titles include "Tandia," "April Fools Day," "The Family Frying Pan," "The Night Country," "The Potato Factory," "Tommo & Hawk," "Jessica," and "Solomon's Song." "Jessica" received the 1999 APA Who Weekly Reader's Choice Award and the 2000 APA Who Weekly Reader's Choice Award. "Tommo & Hawk" is the story of mixed race twins born to a dock prostitute and how their similar experiences are undoubtedly different because of the cultural perceptions of the time. This novel also won the 1998 APA Who Weekly Reader's Choice Award. "Tommo & Hawk" is part of a trilogy that begins with "The Potato Factory" and ends with "Solomon's Song.

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