Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
A Black writer describes his childhood in South Africa under apartheid and recounts how Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith helped him leave for America on a tennis scholarship
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A powerful book. A look at what poor and poverty stricken really means, in ways that most of us cannot fathom. I was really moved by this book and was inspired by the hunger and thirst for knowledge that drove this boy to persevere. It makes you think about what we complain about in this country. (Just to get permission to attend school, this boys mother/grandmother had to get up before dawn and walk for miles to wait in line to see a commissioner to get a birth certificate...only to be shut down just before she gets to the window..then, to get up again the next morning to do it all over again.) Think we would do that? An incredible story..and I was fortunate two years ago to hear this man speak at Tarleton.
Review: Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South AfricaUser Review - Michelle Schwendiman - Goodreads
3.5. What terrible things this family went through. I admire Mathabane's courage and work ethic. His story is quite moving. Read full review
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