Their saga - bloody, ferocious, and fervent - would culminate three centuries later in one of the greatest tragedies of history: the establishment of a racist regime in which a white minority would subjugate and victimize millions of blacks. Called apartheid, it was a poisonous system that would only end with the liberation from prison of one of the moral giants of our time, Nelson Mandela.
A Rainbow in the Night is Dominique Lapierre's epic account of South Africa's tragic history and the heroic men and women - famous and obscure, white and black, European and African - who have, with their blood and tears, brought to life the country that is today known as the Rainbow Nation.
©2008 Dominique Lapierre; English translation 2009 by Dominique Lapierre; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Dominique Lapierre raises the curtain on the history of South Africa. Three and a half centuries...a sublime epic full of terrible dramas." (Le Point magazine, France)
Excellent audio quality. Superb narration. This book is a gripping account of the history of S. Africa culminating in the election of Nelson Mandela. Lapierre always does a great job of bringing history to life.
I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.
South Africa's history is endlessly interesting and I can read book after book. Lapierre's writing, or the translation, is not very lively, and the Rudnicki's baritone narration is dry too. The history rushes through the early years and the Zulu and Boer Wars, spending a bit more time in the 20th century. I've listened to it about 3 times, so even though my rating isn't high, I like it.
Absolutely loved this audiobook. After listening to Mandela's autobiography, I was curious to know more and so wanted a concise overview of the history of South Africa from the beginning. This book was 110% what I was looking for. Reads like a novel. Can't recommend it enough.
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