If you had told me I would like a book with a significant amount of boxing it it, I would have said, "no way"
Absolutely first rate and real.
I have read this book a couple times and have now listened to the audio version. The reader is great, adding different accents etc. This book is full of wisdom, fairness and many lessons for living life to the fullest and meeting adversity square on. I absolutely love this book.
I wish that I had not yet read this book.... so I could start it all over again.
This is quite possibly the best book I have ever read. I am so touched by the inspirational triumph in this book, the warmth and depth of the characters and the lessons that I have learned while reading it, that I have ordered more copies so my entire family can read it. I listened to the audio version and I found the book to be mesmerizing. A fantastic book!
I found this on the Essentials list -- it's not on there anymore though it should always be there. Best listening experience ever.
This is a terrific book, and the actor who reads it in this version is able to handle all the South African accents with wonderful ease. I'd already read and enjoyed this book the old fashioned way, but this great rendition really adds a lot.
I loved the characters in this, and they have stayed with me. Maybe not the most smoothly edited novel here and there, but the story and characters made up for it.
Imaginative beyond my scope of recollection.It is a story , yes beyond belief, but so interesting and engaging it holds you in its grip.It turns and twists as a good story should, just a wonderful time with a well written book!
I am an audiobook junkie and this is the 5th Bryce Courtenay book I have "read". By far, one of the best books ever to have been recorded, Humphrey Bower is phenomenal in his ability to bring characters alive and make you love them, or hate them as the case may be. I would highly recommend this and all of the other Bryce Courtenay books! Most definitely worth the listen!!
This book begins when the main character is 5 and ends when he is 18. The book has many dimensions. It is, among others, a "coming of age" journey, a story of the people of South Africa - black and white - through both individual characters and institutions, a story of relationships, and even a primer on boxing.