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  - Kelsey Hanson - Goodreads

As someone who has only a bare basics knowledge of the mechanics of apartheid, this book was definitely eye-opening. This book is both inspiring and heatbreaking. It also gives a lot of insight into ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Sheridan - Goodreads

I found it difficult reading this - the title alone was jarring (and somehow shameful....I found myself hiding the title if reading it out in public). I didn't really know much about passes, and how ... 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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