(The headline is a quotation from the book). I'd like to start with the heart and say that I loved listening to this story, often with tear-filled eyes and lump in throat because its so close to home. I didn't want it to end, so immediately ordered the follow-up, Tandia, as well. I loved the extra effort put in by the producers, such as the Zulu music at the intro, etc. The Courtenay/Bower combination is indeed powerful. Mr Bower is a brilliant story teller, and although his accents are off the mark, he brings the characterisation to life wonderfully.
Now "with the head" ... Clearly, Mr Courtenay knows how to spin a tale. And how to make it sell! While writing from a secure seat within a runaway bandwagon, he appeals unashamedly to popular opinion, and leaves thinking to the intelligence of his readers/audience. Sweeping generalisations. prejudices, and over-simplifications are the marks of an advertising man, such as Mr Courtenay is (to my knowledge). Without its gripping storyline and intermittent pepperings of realism, the characterisation would almost become caricature. This book is about popular appeal. However, i believe that Bryce Courtenay could write good literature if he focussed more in that direction.
In the meantime, i'm quite happy to enjoy the "soap operatic" stories he churns out. They really are FUN! :-)
I can still hear the voices in my mind. One of the better read books, because you can picture the characters through the voices. Powerful book well worth reading
First the story was going one way, then, it takes this strange turn and becomes an entirely different book towards the end. Also, the kid boxer??? A little unbelievable. -- I also didn't need to hear the author's ego trip in the beginning, telling us how he achieved his success. It was so trite. Ive rarely heard an author do such a thing.
This book appeals to your emotions in a very special way.
Peekay encounter with the Black Mamba in the Cristal Cave and it's meaning.
Be the Change you wish to see in the world...
Yes because as an American the names and terms would be confusing and lost to me. Hearing as it needs to sound is key, and Humphrey Bower does an epic job of conveying the accents and characters perfectly.
You can see South Africa through this book. You can step back in time and feel PeeKay's pain and struggle. This book is writen so well, if you were to listen outside, close your eyes and catch the scent of a fresh breeze you would feel like you are on this journey w/ him. You would feel like you are there in South Africa that very moment...
When Doc is talking about the music of Africa at night while they are camping before embarking on the Crystal Cave.
As American's we have not been privy to the history of this land...I was never taught Apartheid, I never knew anything about South Africa. I am now married to a man who grew up during this time in South Africa and he opened my eyes to so much. This book was not only an amazing read but an educational experience as well. This is a book I feel everyone should read. It embodies the core essence of the human spirit. The struggle and the success...This book has much to teach us all, no matter what color or creed. I am forever changed by this book...and I want to offer up Bryce Courtenay great thanks for sharing his life and the beauty of South Africa w/ the world.
I didn't read the print version of the novel, but I have no doubt that the audio version is richer by far what with the performer's outstanding inflection and dead-on accurate accents. Masterful. The whole experience was thrilling, right down to the superb ending.
Picay, followed by Doc, followed by Rasputin.
Picay's mother. I'd like to tell her what I think of her!
Perfect novel for a nice, long, winter listen.
This book is brilliant!!!! Loved the main character, very inspiring! Also gives you a great sense of pride to see how far our Country (South Africa) has come since the 1940's!
Humphrey Bower is pure genius! the best narrator I have ever heard!
This is a classic audio book written by a great Australian writer. I have been wanting to read this book but have been turned off by the size. Decided I should get the audio book to see how it reads and was not disappointed. Well read by Humphrey Bower. Highly recommended.