Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.
©1989 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2000 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
I really enjoyed this book, but I felt that too much had been left out once I finished it. Had I not also listened to "Tandia", I would not have rated this a 5, simply because I didn't understand how the author could have left so much out.
However, I DID listen to "Tandia" (thankfully), and in my opinion, it could almost be called "The Power of One (Part 2)" since it fills in many of the blanks that were in my mind about "The Power of One".
That said, both the writer and the narrator did very fine work.
This is an excellent story read by a world class narrator. It is 11 of 10. I am a founding listener of Audible. I mean it this book is so well written and read it is a real joy. The ending is weak, but there is a sequel, it's just not in audio. That is a disappointment, absoloodle. Here's to the PK in all of us.
Read the book years ago and decided I just had to hear it now. I fell in love all over again with this book. Reading well over 100 books a year, I can say with out a doubt this is my favorite book. That stated, I have not read any other book he's written. Couldn't find any at others at our library! Now that I am a member I will read all of his works. Mr. Courtney weaves a beautiful story that sends your soul on a glorious flight that you pray never ends. But when it does, he leaves you in awe. Best buy you'll ever make, and the best listen.
This account mainly belongs to Shoshana Cooper, but as Audible has forced us to combine our account with our Amazon account, it has placed my loving husband's name on my reviews.
In reality, I would probably deduct one half a star for a little bit of poor editing in the book and for the didactic reflections at the end of many chapters. But, I really did enjoy the book. The story was amazing, although it is not clear where is the line between fiction and the life story of the author. I enjoyed learning about a time and place I knew nothing about and the narration was outstanding. This book has sold over 3 million copies world wide, but has not received much attention in the US. There is even a movie version out there. I also liked the way the book was really several different stories and settings as the protagonist's life changed as he matured.
Captivating! I was unable to stop listening and felt truly connected to the main characters. I highly recommend this audiobook.
I thoroughly enjoyed this epic story. I did not want to say goodbye to these characters. Thank goodness there is a sequel (Tandia). I am downloading it right now!
I loved this book. I am going to read more of Bryce Courtenay books. He is truly an amazing writer.
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