My Race is the memoir of a gifted Jewish athlete growing up under the apartheid system of South Africa.
As both an outsider excluded from the conservative Christian mainstream and an insider who reaped many of the benefits of a society founded on white supremacy, South African track star Lorraine Lotzof Abramson had a unique vantage point on the apartheid experience.
Her grandparents left Eastern Europe to escape oppression, only to find themselves in another oppressive society. This time, by virtue of their white skin, they were on the same side of the fence as the oppressors. Lorraine's first-hand account shares her ambitions, her achievements, her losses, her family ties - and her growing unease with the system of social inequality that simultaneously excluded her and celebrated her.
She eventually closes the door on the South African chapter of her life by immigrating to the United States, while her family remained in South Africa. Along the way, Lorraine learns that the real race - the marathon that is a long and eventful human life - is a journey towards compassion.
©2010 Lorraine Lotzof Abramson (P)2013 Lorraine Lotzof Abramson
Listening to the story through the performance of the narrator, Nathalie Boltt, truly engaged me as a listener and brought it fully to life.
The most wonderful aspect of the story was to find so many points on which to relate to. It is a story of my homeland and took me to the places in which I grew up.
Yes, I have heard other performances of Nathalie's and felt that this particular narration has added a new level of greatness to her work. She was so compelling and vivid with her interpretation of the accents and through this, a great energy was injected into the story.
For me, the most moving moment in the book was when Lorraine's mother states, "We're living in a fool's paradise." A chill ran down my spine as I heard the words performed by Nathalie and reflected with a great unease of the decades that followed.
On the eve of Nelson Mandela's life this is indeed a poignant and haunting story to hear. The irony and sorrow portrayed so beautifully, brings the world of dichotomies that is South Africa, to the front and centre of the stage. Bravo.
"The South Africa that was...."
The writer's description of the early life on a small farm in South Africa without water or electricity. Her progression from running bare foot at age 5 and unexpectedly winning races against big 11 year old boys. To becoming a champion of champion on the track.The Narrator brought the book alive.
The Narrator brought the book and the story to life. The clarity and accents of the characters were superb.
I listened to it at every available moment, some of the sections more than once. Description of the writer's early life on a small South African farm, one could visualize life in those days. The writer's unexpected running capabilities, followed by her joy in running and the many brilliant brilliant awards then received. Romance and marriage to her American swimming champion. Life in America (so different from South Africa). One section I read four times was the writer's trip to Latvia with her 88 year old father - incredible, descriptive and harrowing. I strongly recommend the book.
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