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

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ISBN13: 9780684848280
ISBN10: 0684848287
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andlt;bandgt;The Classic Story of Life in Apartheid South Africaandlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Mark Mathabane was weaned on devastating poverty and schooled in the cruel streets of South Africa's most desperate ghetto, where bloody gang wars and midnight police raids were his rites of passage. Like every other child born in the hopelessness of apartheid, he learned to measure his life in days, not years. Yet Mark Mathabane, armed only with the courage of his family and a hard-won education, raised himself up from the squalor and humiliation to win a scholarship to an American university. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; This extraordinary memoir of life under apartheid is a triumph of the human spirit over hatred and unspeakable degradation. For Mark Mathabane did what no physically and psychologically battered "Kaffir" from the rat-infested alleys of Alexandra was supposed to do — he escaped to tell about it.

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Written with courage and conviction, Mark Mathbane's reveals the extraordinary memoir of growing up in a world under apartheid. B&W photo insert.

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Mark Mathabane is the author of Kaffir Boy in America, Love in Black and White, and African Women: Three Generations.

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kfollis1688, October 17, 2011 (view all comments by kfollis1688)
This book is an excellent insight to the life of a black South African boy living during Apartheid. While the story is extremely eye-opening, it is a learning tool that enables people to see beyond their own comfortable existence and into a forbidden world of oppression and secrets. The main reason I came across this book was for a political science class, specifically politics of Africa. If you are willing to expand your understanding of the conditions people are sometimes forced to endure, then this is a great book for you. Your heart will bleed for this boy and the struggle he went through.
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Jerryh, March 11, 2008 (view all comments by Jerryh)
this book will take you on an emotional ride. It is well written and paints a very good picture of the brutality and unfairness of apartheid
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684848280
Author:
Mathabane, Mark
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Mathabane, Mark
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
Apartheid
Subject:
Africa, south
Subject:
Apartheid -- South Africa.
Subject:
Africa - South Africa
Subject:
Africa - South - South Africa
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Africa - South - Republic of South Africa
Subject:
Mathabane, Mark.
Subject:
Blacks -- South Africa -- Biography.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
kaffir boy, Apartheid, South Africa, nelson mandela, madiba, memoir, true story, personal, autobiography, real story, ghetto, education, africa, personal journey, inspiration, inspiring, inspirational
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
October 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pp b/w insert
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 11.9 oz

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