The Power of One

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Ballantine Books, 1989 - Fiction - 518 pages
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In 1939, as Hitler cast his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, hatred of a similar kind took rout in South Africa, where the seeds of apartheid were newly sown. There a boy called Peekay was born. He spoke the wrong language - English, the languagespoken by those who had sent the Afrikaners to the world's first concentration camps during the Boer War. He was suckled by a woman of the wrong color - black, the color of fear and disdain. His childhoodwas marked by humiliation and abandonment. Yet he vowed to survive - he would become welterweight champíon of the world, he would dream heroic dreams. But his dreams were nothing compared to what awaited him. For he embarked on an epic journey through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice, where he would learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the mystical power that would sustain him even when it appeared that villany would rule the world; The Power of One.
  

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A very readable page turner of epic length. - LibraryThing
Its imagery stunning, its themes eternally relevant. - LibraryThing
I will now look for other books by same writer. - LibraryThing

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Bryce Courtney's debut novel, The Power of One left me hungry for more of his compelling characters, Peekay, Doc, Granpa, The Prison Gang, Miss Bornstein, Ms Boxall, the Judge and on and on. Set in ... Read full review

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Good book. Be advised there is a fair amount of profanity in this book. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
19
Section 4
37
Section 5
52
Section 6
71
Section 7
87
Section 8
102
Section 15
280
Section 16
307
Section 17
323
Section 18
349
Section 19
379
Section 20
386
Section 21
398
Section 22
415

Section 9
125
Section 10
143
Section 11
162
Section 12
207
Section 13
231
Section 14
256
Section 23
435
Section 24
461
Section 25
493
Section 26
515
Section 27
519
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About the author (1989)

Bryce Courtenay was born in South Africa, is an Australian, and has
lived in Sydney for the major part of his life. Visit him on the web at www.brycecourtenay.com.


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