©1992 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2000 Bolinda Publishing Pyt Ltd by arrangement with Penguin Group (Australia)
"Humphrey Bower is brilliant....[Tandia] will resonate in the hearts and minds of listeners long after the final chapter." (AudioFile Magazine )
I love the novel preceding this book. It told a story straight and direct. This sequel to Power of One was LONG! It bounced all over the place through out. It is a good books and tells a story of racial injustice...but it was LONG!!!!
I bought this book because i loved the first one, the Power of One, but most of all because the narrator makes me believe that each of the characters is real, and you know instantly which character is speaking.
Brother Fish was my first Courtenay book and I've joyfully consummed his library ever since. Like so many of his books, Tandia is a continuation of another story, delving deeper into the culture and history of South Africa. Mr. Bower is a superb narrator with a variety of dialects and intonations. Keep writing Mr. Courtenay and keep narrating Mr. Bower!
excellent book and expertly narrated...if you're looking for a thriller with much suspense, excitement, and substance, this is it..it is a good look at south africa at the time of apartheid...although over 20hrs., did not want it to end...
only con was the ending which I would have preferred different
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
there's so much graphic violence in this title that I'm having a hard time finishing it. It's important to know that such cruelty exists in the world, but I have a hard time hearing it in such extensive detail.
I'm not sure I'll ever be able to finish the book. I keep skipping ahead to another section, thinking it might be less gruesome, but haven't found that to be the case.
On several titles, I've found myself wishing for an abridgement which cuts out the most painful details of human cruelty.
Overall, I enjoyed Tandia quite a bit. It wasn't as good as The Power of One, but still quite enjoyable, especially if you fell in love with the characters in the previous book, and really want to know more about their journey. That said, it feels like there are major sections of the book that are missing. Significant events are referenced, but they aren't there in the narrative. Additionally, the print version of the book is almost twice as long as The Power of One. The audio version, on the other hand, is only about 25% longer. Something is amiss. Interestingly enough, on Amazon there are similar complaints about the Kindle version, but none about the print version.
Great conclusion to the first book. Power of one.
Seemed rushed at the end
The Power of One is one of my favorite books and movies, so I was expecting quite a lot from this book. It did not disappoint. It is an amazing story, and the narration is as good as I have ever heard. I was so sad to come to the end - I wanted it to just keep going.
I'm impressed when a long book can keep my attention . I couldn't put this book down and was sorry when it ended.
This was my favorite Courtenay book, by far. Other long books that kept my interest like this was 'Pillars of the Earth' and 'Outlander' and '1Q84'.
I highly recommend this book.
The story is full of stereotypes and Tandia comes across as a weak, weeping character. The ending isn't satisfying and it seems like Courtenay got tired of writing and just decided to end it. Actually I was glad when it was over, the plot wasn't going anywhere.
For me, it more or less ruined the satisfying result of The Power of One.
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