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In 1939, as Hitler cast his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, hatred of a similar kind 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, the language spoken by those who had sent the Afrikaners to the world's first concentration camps during the Boer War. He was suckled by a woman of the wrong color — black, the color of fear and disdain. His childhood was marked by humiliation and abandonment. Yet he vowed to survive — he would become the 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 through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice, 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.

Review:

"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." The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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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

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"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

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“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

Review:

“A compelling tale.” The Christian Science Monitor

Synopsis:

In this magical novel, an irresistible boy tells the story of his survival and coming of age against the background of South Africa during and just after World War II.

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 www.brycecourtenay.com.

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emm2012, January 11, 2013 (view all comments by emm2012)
This is an AWESOME book!! I've been meaning to read it for a while and now that I have, I am forever changed. The way people effect one another and the power one person can have are remarkable. This book teaches us that lesson. One the we often think we know, but cast aside.
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saradreilly, September 27, 2011 (view all comments by saradreilly)
I always give this book as a gift to my book loving friends and it has never failed me...EVERYONE LOVES IT. It is not defined by gender, age, race or any "type" of reader. The last time I bought a copy of this book for a gift I re-read it myself.
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saradreilly, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by saradreilly)
Hands down absolutely one of the best books I have ever read (as an adult!) Every one I recommend this to is also thrilled and grateful for the title. Coming of age and so much more. READ THIS BOOK or at least put it on your bucket list...you will not be sorry.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345410054
Author:
Courtenay, Bryce
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children
Subject:
War
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Children -- South Africa -- Fiction.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Children -- South Africa.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
104-248
Publication Date:
19960931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.19 x 5.5 x 1.2 in 0.9 lb

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Product details 544 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345410054 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "The Power of One has everything: suspense, the exotic, violence; mysticism, psychology and magic; schoolboy adventures, drama."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “A compelling tale.”
"Synopsis" by , In this magical novel, an irresistible boy tells the story of his survival and coming of age against the background of South Africa during and just after World War II.
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