Reader left hanging.
Yes and no. Courtenay is a great story teller. I couldn't wait to get in my car each morning to listen to the book. However, he spends a great deal of time developing characters to which the reader becomes attached and then he either precipitously kills them off or lets them fade away from the story with no resolution and no ending to their story. I've read five of his books and he's done this in three of them.
Humphrey Bower is an amazing reader - every character comes to life.
Unfortunately, Courtenay passed away a couple of years ago, so there is no possibility of posing a "what's the deal with your endings?" question to him. This book again reveals a major flaw he had as a writer- he couldn't end stories satisfactorily or finish all the stories and character arcs he started in his expansive novels. I wondered if he left so much hanging with the idea that he might write a sequel, as he was very prolific. However, I read his entire Australian trilogy, which was designed to be a trilogy from the start, and his ending to the third book in the series was just as maddening to the reader as his ending to Tandia. He also tends to get lost in subject areas that are of interest to him (such as boxing or war), which end up becoming little novels within his novels, but do not necessarily further the overall theme of the book. That said, I could listen to Humphrey Bower read want ads; his narration elevates whatever he's reading beyond it's real quality.
The lead book with "PK" in the "Power of One" and the seamless continuation of the story with the introduction of Tandia and her struggles as a "non white" person in South Africa. This is a disgusting and shameful era and the way it was presented kept me listening non stop. It was near impossible to put down.
PK is the hero. Always the champion . . . bright, honest with others and with himself to a fault, but also not perfect. Constantly adjusting based on the situation, but always mindful of others, whether black or white.
King Edward Juicy Fruit Mumbo, Humphrey Bower has so much range and talent. It was like listening to 10 different readers.
Too many to remember. Laugh, joyous, sad, tearful, proud.
I've read the Tommo and Hawk trilogy and now Power of One and Tandia. Between the writing of Bryce Courtney and the reading of Humphrey Bower, they're the most enjoyable audio books I've experienced since "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series".
A great story while explaining the time and context of South African history. The boxing matches were enthralling.
I haven't listened to Humphrey Bower before but I'd be happy to listen again. I am an Australian living in South Africa, so his voice was very easy for me to listen to! His timing, accents and voices were very good.
I am a massage therapist and Makeup Artist from NZ. Brought up on a dairy farm in the Waikato region. My partner is an Army officer.
I really enjoyed Tandia as I could visualise the characters and live the story in my heart with the clever narration done by Humphrey Bower. His Voice is fabulous and his ability to bring alive each of the characters never ceases to amaze me. The Story was a continuation of the Power of One which I enjoyed immensely. I really enjoy Bryce Courtenay's writing style as he is very descriptive and creates fantastic visual imagery in your mind to bring the story alive. He develops the characters through the story and you get quite attached to them and emotionally connected with their highs and lows.
Yes I have enjoyed several and would be happy to experience more of his writing.
I really enjoyed Humphrey Bower's ability to define each of the characters with his clever voice changes. I especially enjoyed Mama Tequila.
Drama and Passion under the violent African sun.
Continuation of the action and themes of THE POWER OF ONE.Powerful and heroic characters. Some important themes concerning race relations in South Africa.
The most interesting aspect of the story is the color of the many unique characters. Several present insights into race relations in South Africa and human nature in general which really carry the novel beyond a simple story.
Many of the characters are unique and woven together into an interesting, at times exciting story. The performer, Humphrey Bower does an absolutely 5 star performance with all the characters, from English, to Indian, to several African tribes, to German, to Afrikaner, etc. As with THE POWER OF ONE, the central hero of the story is P.K. and his persona and the devotion and inspiration he commands of the Africans remains the central part of the story. I would not read Tandia without Reading The Power of One first.
The reason that I do not rate this novel higher is mainly that it is a long sequel to a long original novel. If one is looking for a sequel to the Power of One, it great.
Please read (listen) to "Power of One" first, then listen to Tandia. A glimpse of South Africa told through the eyes of a young multi-racial woman who joins others in the political movement for freedom in SA. If you like Courtenay, you'll enjoy this listen, too.
I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.
I thought that Tandia was a really good sequel to The Power of One. I enjoyed reading more about Peekay’s life, boxing, and relationships. I thought it was interesting that the summary makes the book emphasis seem to be about the struggle of a black/white relationship in South Africa when that only occurs in the last few chapters of the book. I’d say this book really isn’t about the relationship between Tandia and Peekay. It’s more of a story about the survival, strength, & victory of Tandia – an abused but victorious black woman. THEN it’s about Peekay’s story and lastly it covers and his relationship to Tandia. I didn’t like the ending. The ending was so disappointing and that is the only reason I rated this book 4/5 stars instead of 5/5.
Let me elaborate as to why I really hated the ending of this book. Bryce Courtney killed off a couple beloved characters (Dee & Dum) with only a few words and not much response/remorse from Peekay. First he killed off Dee with a single shot fired by the antagonist. Then he has Dum jump off a cliff in an effort to protect Peekay from death. But then that proves to have been for nothing because Peekay chose to jump to his own death anyway. And right after Dum sacrifices her life for Peekay the next phrase completely dismisses the extent of her loss by this phrase:
“Peekay lay still for a long time. The moon came up, full and glorious. A bright light in the African night. He always liked the full moon. He was back in the night country…”
Where is the remorse for the loss of someone he grew up with? Seemed a very strange ending for those two characters that were part of both books and supposedly loved like family by Peekay. It also seemed that Peekay gave up on his own life quickly too. I absolutely did not like this ending.
Great characters, enveloping
Like the Stephen King book I just finished, I was compelled to stick in m earbuds driving shopping, cleaning...It was an engaging book.
Yes the other books in the series, good performance.
The power of us
I read the 3 books in the series and was disappointed to see the author had passed. I would have liked to keep readying.
#2. It was almost as good as Power of One & continued the story line which left me wanting more. Throughout both books there was great detail given in every area.
But the ending of Tandia seemed rushed through the last 2-3 chapters. Then just ended with a fizzle - a half hearted promise for the future of South Africa.
Just a bit more time spent with the path of woman, Tandia would have left an ongoing picture in our story telling brains, of what could be. I felt cheated after following the characters on such a long & treacherous path! To read these long epic stories, the reader is 'greatly invested' & to be let down put me in a gloomy mood for a couple of days.
Some early characters should have been re-introduced, such as Hoppy.
Narration was surperb.
Probably not. Best to leave Peekay to the first book. The Power of One
Yes, & just as good.
Peekay, but tell him to leave Tandia alone.
Bryce seems overly caught up in foul language & blaming religion for most everything. The story could be told to a wider audience, especially teenagers without so much demeaning language. I agree that often times religion is used as a tool or a battering ram for people to use to justify their thoughts & actions.
Great storyline and excellently read by Humphrey Bower. Characters felt real.
Excellent accents and veryeasy to listen to.
Verydescriptive and obviously well researched.