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

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

User Review  - Elad - Goodreads

Wow. I learned a lot from this book, as the apartheid wasn't something a lot of my teachers spent a lot of time on in school. At times I had to remind myself that it was a memoir - a true story - just ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Leigh - Goodreads

An amazing story. Although I had read or encountered descriptions of life in South African ghettos during Apartheid, this book truly brought life in these communities to life. Yes, the writing near ... 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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