A sweeping coming of age saga set in South Africa during the late 1930's to the early 1950's. Young Peekay's life is certainly eventful and he encounters many fascinating characters along the way. Listened to the audio version which was masterfully read by Humphrey Bower.
I thought the book could have been tightened, better edited and shortened. I was not that interested in the boxing….. The ending , with Peekay’s old childhood enemy “The Judge” being the man he worked with in the copper mines, seemed contrived; it felt like the neat ending was too nicely tied up. It...
When did this book sneak up on me? It's a story of a prodigy - mentally, physically, in geology, botany, boxing, gambling, chess, in pretty much anything but music, where he's merely competent. Bryce Courtenay's hero should irritate the hell out of me. And yet somehow he doesn't. It's also the story...
This is the story of Peekay, a frail, young, English boy growing up poor in South Africa and of his refusal to be demoralized by the racial torment surrounding him. On the road to becoming a young man he cultivates some uniquely, diverse friends and discovers many truths, not the least of which, are...
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