PART FOURTHE CAPACITY FOR HOPE: A “REVIEW”OF THE BOOK ‘KAFFIR BOY’ (by MARK MATHABANE)
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“A very powerful, but at the same time angry and moving autobiography about life under apartheid – altogether an excellent and revealing book.”
“Underneath almost crushing weights, there is always hope, or at least the capacity for hope…even if it’s only a glimmer. It may be only a tiny spark, but it exists… always and it’s this flicker that keeps people going. This tale is one of resilience. In one sense the novel is a celebration – albeit a bleak one – of the human spirit’s powers of perseverance.”
Hope is this writers only chance.
This work is a celebration of the tenacity of the human spirit.
And it’s not just in some of us…it’s in ALL of us!
“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
– Sir Edmund Hillary, conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)
I will write and am writing stories (true) drawn from the rich tapestry of life. Stories like the one of Mark Mathabane’s ‘ KAFFIR BOY’#
# As adapted from the book ‘KAFFIR BOY’ * by Mark Mathabane (Pan Books in association with Bodley Head 1986).
* a highly derogatory term denoting black people and used by racists from the old South Africa, by the way
A very powerful, but at the same time angry and moving autobiography about life under apartheid – altogether an excellent and revealing book. I have largely based my “character sketch” on the author’s early experiences. Thank you for sharing your experiences with me, Mark and providing me “sheltered me living in white suburbia” with so much information about the horrendous indignities of township life under Apartheid.
Craig Lock (“white boy runnng”).
as written January in the year 1995