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Power of One


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ISBN13: 9780345359926
ISBN10: 0345359925
Condition: Standard
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“The Power of One has everything: suspense, the exotic, violence; mysticism, psychology and magic; schoolboy adventures, drama.”

–The New York Times

“Unabashedly uplifting . . . asserts forcefully what all of us would like to believe: that the individual, armed with the spirit of independence–‘the power of one–can prevail.”

–Cleveland Plain Dealer

In 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.

“Totally engrossing . . . [presents] the metamorphosis of a most remarkable young man and the almost spiritual influence he has on others . . . Peekay has both humor and a refreshingly earthy touch, and his adventures, at times, are hair-raising in their suspense.”

–Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Marvelous . . . It is the people of the sun-baked plains of Africa who tug at the heartstrings in this book. . . . [Bryce] Courtenay draws them all with a fierce and violent love.”

–The Washington Post Book World



“A compelling tale.”

–The Christian Science Monitor

About the Author

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

From the Hardcover edition.

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Ransom Uriah, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Ransom Uriah)
-Many members of my Family have enjoyed this novel over the past year!
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MackyDaddy, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by MackyDaddy)
This book was probably the best book I've read. The character development and story line flowed smoothly and beautifully, to where you feel you knew everyone (especially PK) intimately. I've highly recommended this adventure to everyone, and will continue to do so!
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Product Details

A Novel
Courtenay, Bryce
Ballantine Books
New York :
South Africa
Children -- South Africa -- Fiction.
World War, 19
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 196
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 in .9 lb

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