I love books that take me on a journey, teach me about things I didn't even know I was interested in, make me laugh and cry and feel privileged to have been on the ride. This is that kind of book. Read it. Recommend it. Gift it. Love it.
The is a well written book about the courage, strength and morals of a young boy growing up in South Africa. I have recommended this book to all my friends and family. It's engaging and spiritual and provides insight about life at the start and through WWII. I cannot praise the narrator enough - simply superb job!
I embarked on this audiobook journey with no expectations. However, it was almost immediately apparent that this book was not for children, and that it would be one of the best I had ever had the good fortune to happen upon. The book was so realistic that I believed it was the author's real life autobiography for many many chapters. It was shocking in terms of the horrendous happenings to which the little boy was subjected, and because of the very crass language that was used at times to underscore the hate that underlay many of the boy's life experiences. It was also shocking for me to experience the antagonism of races, between black and white, as well as between different white groups.
This book was extremely long, but I treasure the exposure it brought to me, and the understanding that the human spirit can triumph no matter how one might be tested. The narrator did the best job I have ever observed from a narrator, demonstrating an ability to represent race, age, gender, and different accents so competently that I would sometimes replay a bit to enjoy it again. Despite the length, I am almost certain that I will be listening to this audiobook again. I am disappointed that I have to wait several years before I can let my son benefit from listening to this book, but he will have to mature considerably past his 8 year old stage before I unleash this lovely book on him.
Better than any history book at conveying the contrary nature of South Africa. Amazing touching and fascinating story i hope to never forget
A spectacular insight in Africa's history and start of apartheid very well narrated. The perspective of a young boy through his adulthood is very well described
Thoroughly satisfying on every level. Bryce Courtenay's writing style is vivid and gripping. Bruce Humphrey brings the characters to life with his narration!
Recommend without reservation