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  - Natalia - Goodreads

Interesting because you get an in-depth look of apartheid and South African society. However, as a memoir I think he tried too much to ascribe meaning to moments in his life (for example, as a 7 year ... 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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