Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa

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Macmillan, 1986 - Apartheid - 354 pages
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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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The writing here is not great. - Goodreads
The storytelling is superb. - Goodreads
The ending made me cry tears of happiness. - Goodreads
Good insight into what apartheid really was. - Goodreads
The book was very depressing but also educational. - Goodreads
Amazing story but hard to read. - Goodreads
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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.  

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It's hard to critique someone's true story. This book is honest. Wrenching. It didn't read easily to me, and not because of the content, but it's still an incredibly important narrative to understanding apartheid in South Africa. Read full review

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About the author (1986)

Mark Mathabane is the author of "Kaffir Boy in America, Love in Black and White", and "African Women: Three Generations".

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