The Power of One

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Random House Children's Books, Mar 30, 2011 - Young Adult Fiction - 384 pages
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In 1939, hatred took root in South Africa, where the seeds of apartheid were newly sown. There a boy called Peekay was born. He spoke the wrong language–English. He was nursed by a woman of the wrong color–black. His childhood was marked by humiliation and abandonment. Yet he vowed to survive–he would become welterweight champion 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, 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 villainy would rule the world: The Power of One.

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User Review  - evilmoose - LibraryThing

He certainly tells a ripping yarn, that Bryce Courtenay. It was interesting to read about the difference of opinion between him and Peter Carey - with Carey lamenting the decline in reading serious ... Read full review

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User Review  - MaggieFlo - LibraryThing

Ok so I'm not one of the big believers in this story. It was recommended to me as a wonderful coming of age book about a white South African youth in pre and post World War II. I really loved the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

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

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