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Kaffir Boy book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers . The Classic Story of Life in Apartheid South Africa Mark Mathabane was. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane - The classic story of life in Apartheid South Africa. Mark Mathabane was weaned on devastating poverty and schooled in the cruel. In this powerful account of growing up black in South Africa, a young writer makes us feel intensely the horrors of apartheid. Living illegally in a shanty outside.

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Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa is Mark The book Kaffir Boy has won the prestigious Christopher Award for inspiring hope. The book reached number one on the Washington Post. Yet, Kaffir Boy is a book I find myself thinking about and referring to almost weekly. It is my daughter's favorite book. It took me a while to ask her why. One day. Editorial Reviews. Review. Kaffir Boy does for apartheid-era South Africa what . Yet, Kaffir Boy is a book I find myself thinking about and referring to almost weekly. It is my daughter's favorite book. It took me a while to ask her why .

Even now the word is loaded with associations planted deep in my childhood: a veiled sense of something shameful or dirty; a tinge of pity; the fascination of the different; the pungent, strange smell of black dwellings--the servants' backyard pondok shanty , the Kafferkraal Kaffir village , the Kafferlokasie Kaffir township. Some of the closest friends of my youth were "Kaffirs"--but I would never, even in thought, have called them that. The term was more than an insult; it was an obscenity. Mark Mathabane, who as a child bore an Afrikaans first name, Johannes, was born in , the year of that sad watershed in modern South African history known as the Sharpeville Massacre. In , Mathabane left his country for the United States on a tennis scholarship from a South Carolina college. A writer's material can be overwhelming. Perhaps autobiography is an art properly essayed when we are old, when the fires of political passion have been banked, and we can look on our lives with a degree of dispassion.

I noticed he went to four colleges on his way to a bachelor's degree. What was that about?

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Clearly, there is motivation to read his subsequent books to find out things like that and also to discover what happened to his mother, sister etc. I'm so glad that I read this book. It should be part of any high school reading program. While interesting, if you know anything about apartheid, the information will not come as a surprise. It's uplifting to think that this man made it out so well, but I wish he would have added a postscript at the end, letting us know about what happened to the rest of his family.

All I could think of at the end of the book was about how much I wondered h I picked this book off of the free shelf at the library and got exactly what I expected: An introspective look into black life during apartheid.

All I could think of at the end of the book was about how much I wondered how the others fared. It's inspirational to think how he worked so hard to get out of his position. It's a strong message of hope to any one stuck in a bad situation, that education can lift you up. Published in , during the height of civil strife in South Africa, Kaffir Boy quickly became a best seller in the U.

Mathabane had been living in the U. He has remained in the U. Because Kaffir Boy has been banned several times for use in high school, Mathabane issued a revised version that eliminates a controversial section that depicts child prostitution between young street boys and black migrant workers in Alexandra, where Mark grew up.

Shmoop is using the unexpurgated version of the book. Tennis, anyone? That's the kind of question that we might hear over the clink of expensive china, with ladies in immaculate skirts tittering politely at jokes made by guys named Thad.

Nice pastel sweater, buddy. That whole tying it around your shoulder thing? A great look. But you know who else is into tennis?

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He lectures at schools and colleges nationwide on race relations, education, and our common humanity. He lives with his family in Portland, Oregon. Moving and heartwarming story of a boy against all the odds. An insightful illustration of the true evil of Apartheid and what black people had to endure.

Mark Mathabane is my hero! Would love to know how all his family are now. A sequel after so many years would be wonderful. A brilliant story. Mark you are a remarkable man to have lived through this struggle. I realised how little I truly understood what apartheid meant till now.

Brought tears to my. Well written. Brought frustration and anger in me. Yet we still bear the burden of the past. Saddest of all, it's another example of man's inhumanity to man; and yet I couldn't stop reading it.

Kaffir boy : the true story of a Black youth's coming of age in Apartheid South Africa

My compliments to Mark for having the courage to re live the nightmares onto paper. All young South Africans regardless of race need to read this book to provide a context for the events and affairs of the country and people at large. A real life story written so you can emotional feel the senseless and appalling apartheid policy in South Africa. A truly amazing story, even for a Black South African like me.

I'd recommend this to all South Africans, especially those who benefited from Apartheid directly or indirectly , it goes to show that you can't keep a good man down. This is the most enlightening book I've ever read and listened to. Mathabanes reading makes the stories even more amazing.

I felt like I was with him from page to page. Allester T This book takes you through the full gamut of emotions, But, I couldn't put it down. My goodness. Listening to this true story, I was captivated and terrified simultaneously by Mr. This is truly a piece of art through literature that gives the reader a picture of the world so many have ever known of, or regrettably cared to know. Kaffir Boy is a piece of critical history that all should read.

Without true narratives such as Kaffir Boy, we unfortunately face the continued injustices in the world with no end in sight. Please read this book and spread its message!

We must make a difference in our world. Thank you Mr. Mathabane for having the courage to and wisdom to share your story. I've read this book twice. Great take on a young man growing up in South Africa. Growing up poor and learning how to cope with hate and hunger, learning how to survive against all odds. Touching book. Read this after doing a vacation tour group in South Africa.

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This book really makes you feel like you live in South Africa in the 70's. One of the best books ever. Mark Mathabane's story is riveting!

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His emotional and passionate read is one of pure artistry! I didn't want it to end, but was completely engulfed with the anxiety to learn the end. There is no other book like it.

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A historical truth through the eyes of a truly courageous and determined boy. A must read for all humanity. Mark, by reading his own story, gives this book so much passion and authenticity.

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A great insight into life during the apartheid era! My heart broke for him and his whole family, and for all those who had their freedom and humanity stripped from them, both then and now.

Thank you Mark x. Having lived in South Africa during Apartheid I found the book was a true reflection of those times. Very sad. The story of a boy and a nation who had darkness brought upon their world by a people, but whose total destruction was also prevented by the generosity of other people.

Brilliant book - highly recommended. Wonderfully and meaningfully read by the author himself. The story is touching, honest, and inspiring, and for me - deeply meaningful. As a white Afrikaner woman, born in the mid-seventies to a family in the white suburbs around Durban, this book has been deeply valuable to me. Sixteen years old when Mandela was released, and 18 years old when South Africa's first free and fair elections were held, I have lived my entire adult life under a cloud of guilt, and too frightened to learn more how bad things really were during Apartheid - a system from which I benefited so much, particularly in terms of my government schooling and my family's ability to support my What touched me about this book is that, despite all the suffering experienced by Mark Mathabane and his family, he makes it clear that the highly sophisticated Apartheid machine, with its finely tuned capacity for propaganda and outright lies, cheated both white and black South Africans the opportunity to meet and learn from one another.

His openness and forgiving heart gave me the courage to really listen, to really hear and understand how it felt to live on the other side of the high security compounds in which whites locked themselves. And that is what this book has done for me - allowing me to leave shame behind and move forward with an understanding and open heart.

Excellent story. Sometimes hard to listen to, I find the directness rewarding, and although there's no softening of the facts, it's less gruesome than much fiction.