Amy (angelicamy) wrote in recommend_books,

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

After meaning to read this book for two years, I finally had the opportunity to read it. And I am so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a fictional narrative of a young boy named Peekay who grows up in South Africa in the 1930s and 1940s. He is an English child who is raised by a black nanny, and then sent to a Boer boarding school where he learns first hand the blind hatred and ignorance that many people held. This book follows his life as he goes from a young, naive child to a grown, well-rounded young adult. His life is marked by moments of both great tragedy and stunning accomplishments. It is an account of how one person can be capable of so many great things in the face of such adversity. Personally, I found this book to be inspiring. Peekay is an exceptional character whose list of feats sometimes seems neverending, but is still easy to relate to. He is inspired by a number of people who come into his life and teach him an invaluable lesson on life. I enjoyed watching this character grow and mature, and I was even rooting for him in his battles. The book can drag at times, but at no point was my mind ever wandering from the page. Each time I picked up this book, I was fully engrossed in it. I recommend this book to people who enjoy stories of personal triumph. This book is definitely one of my favorites. Enjoy!
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