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The Power of One: Young Readers' Condensed Edition

by Bryce Courtenay

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Amazing book set in WWII South Africa...aparthied, boxing, much, much more. ( )
  BGuzik | Nov 19, 2009 |
I had seen the film and enjoyed it more than this condensed version. Parts were very painful to read. It was inspirational. ( )
  GaylDasherSmith | Jul 26, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440239133, Mass Market Paperback)

In 1939, hatred took root in South Africa, where the seeds of apartheid were newly sown. There a boy called Peekay was born. He spoke the wrong language–English. He was nursed by a woman of the wrong color–black. His childhood was marked by humiliation and abandonment. Yet he vowed to survive–he would become welterweight champion of the world, he would dream heroic dreams.
But his dreams were nothing compared to what awaited him. For he embarked on an epic journey, where he would learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the mystical power that would sustain him even when it appeared that villainy would rule the world: The Power of One.


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Follows Peekay, a white British boy in South Africa during World War II, between the ages of five and eleven, as he survives an abusive boarding school and goes on to succeed in life and the boxing ring, with help from a chicken, a boxer, a pianist, black African prisoners, and many others.… (more)

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