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    Fabulous Reading Wednesday

    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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    Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

    Location: South Africa

    NOTE –  I’m still on a blog sabbatical and working on some website upgrades.  But as promised, still posting Reading Wednesday. Enjoy and we will be back with more fun blogs very soon.

    Born a Crime by Trevor Noah ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    I’m here in South Africa.  I am here.  It’s a pretty remarkable place, beautiful and sunny (and VERY WINDY) and friendly and very cosmopolitan.  But, everywhere a visible economic divide.  A big divide that I was struggling to understand.

    We took the “apartheid” tour in Cape Town, to learn some history and get a bit more insight about the apartheid period that defined this country.  It was on that tour that Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” was recommended.  Our guide having also grown up in the color-separated country praised the book to help understand more in-depth how South Africa got here and what it was like and is like, living as a person of color in South Africa.

    By all odds, Noah, the smart, funny, good-looking host of the Daily Show in the United States, shouldn’t be leading his successful career.  He was “Born a Crime” in apartheid era South Africa when his parents (black mother and white father) broke apartheid law by having an interracial relationship and eventually a mixed race child.

    During apartheid it was often illegal speak to someone from another race (let alone have sex with them), and the first years of Trevor’s life he was kept out of sight of the racially charged  government and the laws that separated every part of people’s lives.

    Noah was six when apartheid ended, but the end of apartheid did not mean the end to poverty, unemployment, violence.  Noah’s hard-working, no-nonsense and fervently religious mother dedicated her life to him, and eventually his two younger brothers to keep them on track and (for the most part) out of trouble.

    That’s not to say Noah was an angel of a child.  Surviving growing up in the townships and schools of the time Noah writes in detailed hilarious voice about the time he burnt down some white folks house, when he spent the night in jail, when he pooped on the floor of the kitchen rather than go out in the rain to the outhouse, and numerous other boy and teen antics.  All of which could have led him down the wrong path, but luckily for him, it built his character, his humor and eventually a career he now excels at.

    “Born a Crime” is an eye-opening, educating and funny read that everyone should take the time for, whether or not you plan to visit South Africa.  A little understanding of this country’s past and present, might have you recognizing familiar-sounding struggles of people and intolerance of color around the world, including in the USA.

    Five Stars for Born a Crime.

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    The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

    The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Arthur Pepper is a lonely old widower stuck in his routine and unwilling to venture beyond his grief for the loss of his wife of 40 years.  Until one day when he finds a curious charm bracelet hidden inside a boot as he is cleaning out his wife’s closet on the first anniversary of her death.

    Arthur Pepper begins the most unlikely journey as he tries to discover more about the charms and learns many things about his beloved wife he never knew.  Arthur’s adventures take him from England to France to India and creates opportunities and experiences old crotchety Arthur would never have found himself in before finding the charm bracelet including being attacked by a tiger, posting nude for an art class and discovering he may actually know more about love and relationships than he ever realized.

    You can’t help but love Arthur Pepper and this story of family, love and life and how you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.  Life is not over at 69.  He may only just be beginning.  Five stars for The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.