I listened to the audio mainly to continue in PK's story.
I might, but the difference between Power of One and Tandia was startling, and I would like to find more like the first book.
The boxing scenes came to "life"
The Power of One felt like "Africa", the way PK grew up, the developing political scene worldwide, the descriptions of young PK's first train trip, the chicken, his growing up with close ties with all the tribes, his love of the botanists, the descriptions of mining, descriptions of country, the author had to have experienced some of that to write so descriptively, so movingly. Power of One = 10 stars. But "Tandia" was so different, almost as though a sequel had been just required, actually as though it were written by a different author. "Tandia" presents the reader with quite a few leaps and bounds in the disjointed script to get all the right characters into the right places, ie to tie it all up. The ending of Tandia, not where PK dies, but the whole sequence of the flight up the escarpment and over the saddle rang particularly contrived. Once it was mentioned that sure death would result if any of the pursuers would be caught out in the terrible freezing of night, yet that was never mentioned again as PK, Yani, Dum, and Tandia were being faced with sundown. One aspect that disappointed me in Tandia, was the near complete lack of "nature", I don't think any wild animals were ever mentioned, hard to get a feeling of the landscape, where the "Power of One" came alive with the feel. There is nothing better than the Wilbur Smith books for a presentation of South Africa's nature, but the narrator of the Wilbur Smith books is hard to listen to.
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.
A better story.
I really enjoyed the Power of One, and was expecting that caliber of writing for this one. Unfortunately, I did not get that. The first book was very lyrical - almost magical as if the author were telling a story from the mists of time. In Tandia, the plot wandered around, had very abrupt jumps from one person's story to another's, and just did not flow like the first book. And PeeKay says something so sexist (which he seemed to think was a compliment) to Tandia towards the end that I almost stopped listening. The ending was somewhat bizarre. I just can't recommend this one.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This is my fifth Bryce Courtenay book, and I haven't been disappointed yet. I've listened to The Power of One, The Potato Factory Trilogy (which I also highly recommend), and now Tandia. Humphrey Bower narrates them all . . . flawlessly. I have learned so much about the history of Africa in listening to The Power of One and Tandia. Sadly, evil is so prevalent in the political and the powerful. And it has been so since the beginning of time. The beautiful story of Peekay, as a child and now as an adult, who chooses to fight for right is a rare jewel. To reject corruption and embrace truth in the face of even death . . . awe, this is the magic of the tadpole angel.
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.
David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna
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.