Kaffir Boy : The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa, Paperback Book

Kaffir Boy : The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa Paperback

4 out of 5 (5 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages, 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780684848280

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A powerful and thought provoking look at life in a South African shanty town. Emotionally, the 1st 50 pages of the book were difficult to get through, but I do consider it a must-read for anyway wanting to understand the Apartheid era in South Africa.

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An amazing book about the horrors that were the South African slums during apartheid. His experiences are chilling, and his story of survival and escape are inspiring.

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The term "kaffir" is a derogatory term in South Africa, and its use in the title is somewhat shocking but perhaps, appropriately so. The book tells the story of Johannes (Mark) and his family, his childhood in South Africa and then his success in the the world of tennis. It tells of the sacrifices and struggles of his mother and her belief that education was so very important to the future of her children. Heartwarming but so sad.

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A very inspiring success story from a man with the odds stacked against him from birth. I have had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Mathabane speak on television and was impressed by the clarity of his message. He delivers his words crisply and precisely, and there is no doubt about his convictions. It is apparent that he speaks from experience. And he writes as well as he speaks.

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This is a novel about Mark Mathabane, and what it was like for him growing up in the Apartheid that was South Africa. This novel provides a look into something no one in my classroom will have seen before, and it brings up issues of wealth, race, and racial history, all of which have certain places in classroom discussion. Because Mathabane succeeded in his pursuits as a tennis player, it is also an story that can provide inspiration to its readers. Because of the rare perspective of Apartheid it provides, as well as the charged issues it deals with, Kaffir Boy is a novel that I would love to incorporate into my own classroom.

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