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Reading Wednesday – The Power Of One

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Book Review – The Power Of One by Bryce Courtenay ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I loved this book. This is not a new book  written in 1989, I’m surprised I’ve never read it before.  Recommended to me by my friend Kim while I was in South Africa, this is a beautifully written story of a young-boy growing up in South Africa in the 1940’s when the seeds of apartheid were taking hold.

The book introduces us  to young Peekay when he is only a tyke of five years.  This is when his life’s adventures begin, and the people who will forever influence him begin passing through his life. An interesting mix of adults will mark Peekay’s life and future, as he endures abandonment, prejudice and humiliation.

Peekay finds himself in situations that are often complex, racially charged and violent.  Through these lessons he begins to realize the power of one – how one person can make a difference.  He begins to understand how to work the system, support those in need, examine the world around him and build a lofty set of goals and dreams to achieve.

And he does!  He builds his own character while befriending this diverse collection of adults who, one by one, lead him down a path towards a fulfilling life.

The Power of One is a timeless and beautiful classic, perfect for these racially charged times we are living in today.

Five Stars for The Power Of One

 

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  • Reply Kim Logan

    Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! It’s one of my favorites. There is a movie but so far I’ve avoided watching it … I’m afraid it couldn’t live up to the scenes I created in my head and heart.

    January 17, 2018 at 9:40 pm
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