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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 embar. My all time favourite book

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Ks 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 o. Normally I refrain from writing long reviews but this wonderful book offers so much to readers that I must indulge It is a broad sweeping book about rural South Africa set in the late 1930s and 1940s prior to apartheid It imparts a real sense of this exotic country and the friction between its diverse peoples Dutch Afrikaners native Boers a host of black tribes and the English The protagonist Peekay is an only child sent to boarding school at age 5 when his mother is institutionalized He is picked on mercilessly because he is youngest and English and misses his black nanny His nickname is Pisskop pisshead as he wets his bed Peekay s only friend is a rebellious chicken Things take a change for the better when he is sent by train to his grandfather s distant home He is adopted by conductor Hoppie Groenewald who cares for him and teaches one of this book s life lessons first with the head and then with the heart Hoppie is an amateur boxer and uses his prodigious skills to beat a much larger opponent at the end of the first leg of Peekay s train journey Peekay immediately develops a deep passion for boxing and decides he wants to become the welterweight champ of the world Arriving at his grandfather s home Peekay is devastated by the disappearance of his nanny and subjected to his mother s religious fervor Once again Peekay is rescued by a mentor Professor Karl von Vollensteen aka Docwhom he meets on a distant mountaintop Doc too adopts Peekay and teaches him about botany especially cacti piano Africa and of course life As a German Doc becomes jailed as a possible spy but becomes a popular figure in the local prison with inmates guards and the Commandant Meanwhile Peekay visits Doc regularly and eventually convinces the staff to allow him to train as a boxer The downtrodden criminal Geel Piet teaches Peekay how to box and they develop a symbiotic relationship as Peekay smuggles tobacco into the prison Peekay and the local town librarian also start a postal service for the mostly black inmates Peekay s open minded acceptance of others accords him a mythical status with the African people in the prison and community and he becomes revered as the Tadpole Angel creating a large following as his boxing career advancesEventually Peekay earns a scholarship and it sent to an exclusive prep school where he meets his next good friend and mentor a wealthy Jew named Morrie Eually brilliant the two develop businesses together which allow them to afford getting Peekay trained at an elite boxing school Peekay continues his unblemished record in the ring eventually agreeing to fight a rising black champion who has just turned professional even though this is not legal and theoretically a mismatch And yet there is great drama as this fighter s name is familiar to Peekay he is a descendent of a tribal chief and the legend of the Tadpole Angel is placed at risk Peekay is a highly popular student and athlete joining the elite leadership of the prep school but he continues to work for the people opening a school to teach local blacks to read and write drawing the ire of the local white police Morrie is accepted to Oxford and Peekay does not win the coveted Rhodes Scholarship that would allow them to stay together Instead Peekay decides to take a grueling dangerous job in the mines to build his strength and body mass Once again Peekay befriends a loner in this case a huge Russian who barely speaks English Peekay s productivity makes him the envy of all but he stays too long in this job leading to disaster My only complaint is that despite the final physical confrontation in the mine bar with a lifelong foe we don t know if Peekay achieves his life long ambition so now I need to read the 900 page seuel Given author Courtenay s gift for storytelling I do not expect this will be too much of a chore

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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. Audio version with introduction by the author himself He is such a larrikin with a happy voice Bryce Courtenay s debut apparently toiled over at the kitchen table with his son s girlfriend stating This is the best book I ve read you need to publish it or words to the effect The rest they say is history First with the head then with the hands What an Australian classic one that I should have read by nowPeekay starts out as a tiny tot I have a 6 year old son and therefore horrified who suffers dreadful abuse at this young age at boarding school at the hands of horrible older boys one in particular Emerging a wonderful well rounded and amazing human beingMemories of his beloved wet nurse neurotic mother and beloved music teacher and mentor this is an epic story centring on the discipline and craft of boxing South Africa is a sometimes bleak and beautiful place told from around the time of 1930 1940 Worthwhile reading Amazing narration290318 Addendum I stumbled across notes taken during my audio read so I have some thoughts On Peekay losing one of his most favourite people in the world due to a zealously religious and neurotic mother The lord is a shithead and I allowed myself a good cry The only person I knew not to have camouflage was Nanny There are too many sweet and wonderful comments from Peekay I must purchase the hard copy it would be a valuable asset to any bookshelf Peekay s grandfather I loved reading these parts between the young and the old There s a good lad Tap tap Stroke goes Grandfather s pipe processPeekay s perception Very high up born again Christian This was so humorous with the full on nature of Peekay s mother so worried about the ranking of all this stuffI cannot read my writing so I hope I am doing Mr Courtenay justice here To emerge as myself To regain the power of one


10 thoughts on “The Power of One

  1. says:

    Wow incredible I fell in love with Peekay even 'before' he was five years old starting in South Africa when he shares of being nursed

  2. says:

    The dazzling writing style of Bryce Courtenay is captured in this his debut novel Its intricate prose and powerful characters bring a story t

  3. says:

    Audio version with introduction by the author himself He is such a larrikin with a happy voice Bryce Courtenay's debut apparently toiled over at the kitchen table with his son's girlfriend stating This is the best book I've

  4. says:

    Took me some time to read but not because it wasn't good but just because there is so much to this story A supremely well written book If you like historical fiction the type focused on people living in certain historical eras not necessarily s

  5. says:

    My all time favourite book

  6. says:

    Of all the books I read in 2009 one stands out in the horizon of my memory a mass market paperback with 540 pages of micros

  7. says:

    I just finished reading The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay which was recommended to me by JK in our little cross

  8. says:

    I hardly know where to begin writing this review This book had been on my to read list for a long time I finally decided to take the plunge and listen to the Audible version narrated by the fantastic Humphrey Bowers who really brough

  9. says:

    Normally I refrain from writing long reviews but this wonderful book offers so much to readers that I must indulge It is a broad sweeping book about rural South Africa set in the late 1930s and 1940s prior to apartheid It imparts a real sense of this exotic country and the friction between its diverse peoples Du

  10. says:

    What a nice surprise this book was for me This coming of age story set in 1939 South Africa has a focus on the sport of boxing throughout which I am generally not a fan of but certainly loved every minute of it in this story

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