The Power of One (The Power of One, #1) by Bryce CourtenayIn 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, the seeds of apartheid take root in South Africa. There, a boy called Peekay is born. His childhood is marked by humiliation and abandonment, yet he vows to survive and conceives heroic dreams, which are nothing compared to what life actually has in store for him. He embarks on an epic journey through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice where he will learn the power of words, the power to transform lives and the power of one.
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The Power of One
This epic of apartheid, boxing and star-crossed love is a quite astonishing mish-mash of elements in collision. Director Avildsen, who made Rocky, and screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen have turned Bruce Courtenay's reputedly "semi-autobiographical" doorstopper into a melodrama with all the political sophistication of their previous collaboration, The Karate Kid, telling the story of a white South African boy, PK, from his infancy on the veldt to early manhood in late 40s Johannesburg - a modern city, incidentally, represented yet again by a few shacks in Zimbabwe. PK's life is very tragic. Orphaned and sent to an Afrikaner school where he is tortured for being English, he finds father figures in the cultivated German "Doc" Mueller-Staid and black prison inmate Geel Piet Freeman. This is both coming-of-age-ordeal and Cry Freedom revisited, with glorious veldt scenes shot by Dean Semler sitting beside cruelly plausible sequence in prison where splendid Freeman's wily wise Piet is forced, literally, to eat shit. Part Two, as it were, goes mad with ludicrous Romeo-And-Juliet-Meets-Rocky developments and black South Africa turning up en masse, singing at touching moments to hail PK as a mythic hero. By Angie Errigo Posted 1 Jan
Numerous comments by readers mention they did not care for the ending, but I, for one, loved it! As for becoming the World's Welterweight Champion, you knew he would do just that. A touching and up-lifting story I plan to read again. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
It's been an ongoing frustration that the only kindle version of the book is a young readers' condensed version. Humphrey Bower, who reads the book, is absolutely brilliant. If you're a fan of the book or of Bryce Courtenay in general, this audiobook is a must have.
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Somewhere in between, it loses its way. The film, which spans the years surrounding the Second World War, tells the story of a young English-speaking boy who is sent to an Afrikaanslanguage boarding school, where a neo-Nazi clique makes his life miserable. - Set in South Africa during the s and s, it tells the story of an English boy who, through the course of the story, acquires the nickname of Peekay.
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