Although on the surface this is an underdog story told in first person, by the end of the story it becomes apparent that it is actually a story filled with subtle self-glorification.
Bryce Courtney is a gifted writer, but has an axe to grind with Christians and Christianity in general (despite the David and Goliath references and symbolism). Paganism, Cults, and Judaism seem to be okay, but there was a subliminal current throughout the entire length and breadth of this story filled anti-Christian sentiments. This aspect, so often referred to, made the story unenjoyable for me.
I enjoyed the pugilistic elements that were written about, especially having tried a small amount of boxing in my past. However, I grew to dislike the main character near the end, as he became a very proud individual (who is actually 'worshipped' by the Africanas- they called him the Frog Angel or some such nonsense). He was held in reverence because this little boy brought all the tribes of Africa together when no one else was able. The boy did nothing to dissuade them all from cheering for him, and he came to expect it by the end of the story.
Although bullied and meek in the beginning, he shows that he can be every bit as brutal as his tormenters in the end.
My takeaway: Christians are silly, I can be strong.
I am an avid mystery/thriller, historical fiction and political fiction listener. I listen while working (I am a remodeling contractor).
If you want to experience personal growth and fortitude, don't miss listening to this powerful story told expertly by Bryce Courtenay and brought to life by Humphrey Bower. This combination of talents makes you drive around the block and more.
This book ranks easily among my top five audiobooks of all time. It was simply a fantastic listen.
Doc was my favorite because he proved just how complex yet simple friendship and life can be viewed al at the same time through the time he spent with the lead character.
No this is my first listen to one of his performances.
It would have to be Doc, for the same reasons he is my favorite character.
I laughed, cried and at times was outraged while listening to this book. It is truly an experience. It is definitely one of the best performances that I have had the pleasure to use a few hours of my life to listen to.
I most enjoy listening to contemporary fiction with well-developed characters.
A story of hardship and struggle and how a young boy navigates through it with the help of a very special mentor.
I bought this audiobook based on the reviews and knowing nothing of the author. I am not a fan of boxing so I was surprised at how entirely this book drew me in. It was engaging and uplifting... just what I love in a book.
The narrator did a great job.
the reader was/is fantastic
I have listened and liked very much the other books of the same "couple"
Funny that actually one does not know what finally happened to the main character
Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.
Peekay is a remarkable boy who is so remarkable in fact that it is practically unbelievable. Mr Courtenay focuses on how remarkable this boy is the whole time and then ends it with a very unremarkable moment. It was such a let down and it just does't make sense... What about being the tadpole angel or being the welterweight champion of the world? Why did he put so much emphasis on these two aspects and then end it with a silly confrontation? It's as if there was a build up for nothing. The end came straight out of left field and seems inconsistent with the direction the story was headed.
As much as I think the story was a let down, there are 3 things that I really liked about The Power of One:
1. The character development was "wunderbar, absolutal"
2. It had important messages about life scattered throughout
3. Humphrey Bower was an excellent narrator
Loved this book! I can't believe I just now have discovered Bryce Courtenay. Wonderful plot, characters, descriptions. Listened practically non-stop. Mr. Bower has a great voice and adds to the enjoyment of this terrific story.
I was not aware of Bryce Courtenay until recently. This is a really good story made great by the narrator Bower. The story, the voices and the historical perspective reminded me of Shantaram. Bower really is terrific.
Definitely one of my top ten
I was born in South Africa, and lived there for 35 years, so I could appreciate the language, the humor, and sadly, the immense cruelty of the time.
I first heard Humphrey Bower after listening to Shantaram, and he was brilliant. I had read The Power of One many years ago, and decided to download the audible version. I was not disappointed. Bower brought Peekay and the Professor to life, and the story had a depth that I did not experience when reading it. I immediately downloaded Tandia which is a continuation of Peekay's story, and can't wait to start that.
You may want to consider acquiring another book by the same author called "Whitethorn". If is is read by Humphrey Bower, I know it will make a great listen
It's the perfect title
The yarn, the characters, the pace of action...nothing I didn't love....
Grandpa Chook - loyal, clever, just wonderful way to tell of hope and willpower.
Humphrey characterises everyone brilliantly. Not fair to choose.
Gideon - then he could stay over!