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by Bryce Courtenay

THE POWER OF ONE by Bryce Courtenay was one of those books. You may have seen the movie with Morgan Freeman, but I urge you to read the book because it was much better than the movie. It's a coming-of-age story of a young boy in South Africa. He has such a hard time of things!

THE POWER OF ONE by Bryce Courtenay was one of those books. He has such a hard time of things!

The Power of One is a novel by Australian author Bryce Courtenay, first published in 1989.

The Power of One is a novel by Australian author Bryce Courtenay, first published in 1989. Set in South Africa during the 1930s and 1940s, it tells the story of an English boy who, through the course of the story, acquires the nickname of Peekay. In the movie version, the protagonist's given name is Peter Phillip Kenneth Keith, but not in the book. The author identifies "Peekay" as a reference to his earlier nickname "Pisskop": Afrikaans for "Pisshead.

ALSO BY BRYCE COURTENAY Tandia April Fool’s Day The Potato Factory Tommo mashed potato with glassy . Published by Laurel-Leaf an imprint of Random House Children’s Books a division of Random House, Inc. New York. This is a work of fiction

ALSO BY BRYCE COURTENAY Tandia April Fool’s Day The Potato Factory Tommo mashed potato with glassy lumps; meat aproned with gristle in gray gravy; diced carrots; warm, wet, flatulent. This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

The Power of One book. The dazzling writing style of Bryce Courtenay is captured in this, his debut novel. Its intricate prose and powerful characters bring a story to life that few readers will be able to resist. In 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the. In rural South Africa during the late 1930s, Peekay is a young boy who has been sent to boarding school. With English roots, Peekay struggles in this school where the Boer boys ridicule him for his heritage, turning verbal pokes into full-on malicious attacks.

Bryce Courtenay was born in South Africa and now lives in Sydney, Australia. Also by bryce courtenay. The Power of One. The Potato Factory. He is a creative director of George Patterson Advertising, lectures widely and also writes a weekly column for the Australian.

Courtenay draws them all with a fierce and violent love. The Power of One has everything: suspense, the exotic, violence; mysticism, psychology and magic; schoolboy adventures, drama. The Washington Post Book World Impressive. Newsday A compelling tale. The Christian Science Monitor. Unabashedly uplifting. asserts forcefully what all of us would like to believe: that the individual, armed with the spirit of independence–‘the power of one’–can prevail. Cleveland Plain Dealer. In 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, the seeds of apartheid take root in South Africa.

The Power of One. 754 printed pages. The book is made to movie with the same name. No stranger to the injustice of racial hatred, five-year-old Peekay learns the hard way the first secret of survival and self-preservation – the power of one. An encounter with amateur boxer Hoppie Groenewald inspires in Peekay a fiery ambition - to be welterweight champion of the world. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

As waterfalls go, it wasn’t a major one, but it tumbled down through an area of rain forest which, on our only previous visit, we’d come across too late to explore properly.

As waterfalls go, it wasn’t a major one, but it tumbled down through an area of rain forest which, on our only previous visit, we’d come across too late to explore properly he forest looked interesting, and Doc was sure we’d find succulents and several species of dwarf aloe in the rocky crags and ledges.

Follows Peekay, a white British boy in South Africa during World War II, between the ages of five and eleven, as he survives an abusive boarding school and goes on to succeed in life and in the boxing ring.
First, I'm a long time fan of the book. Years ago I lent my trade paperback to a friend who never returned it. In the meantime, I transitioned to mostly reading via Kindle. It's been an ongoing frustration that the only kindle version of the book is a young readers' condensed version. Finally, I decided to take a chance on the audiobook. I haven't listened to many audiobooks, so I didn't know if I'd like it or not. I loved it! Humphrey Bower, who reads the book, is absolutely brilliant. If you're a fan of the book or of Bryce Courtenay in general, this audiobook is a must have. I'd give it ten stars, if I could!
"Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, little six-year-old Peekay learns that small can beat big. Armed with this knowledge, he resolves to take on the injustices of his country, and sets his heart on becoming the welterweight champion of the world."
Young white boy who endures humiliation and bullying in African residential school thru WW II. It demonstrates how good people come into one's life to mentor & love a child, forge his life for good. Included are the gardener (a Jew), a retired boxer (black), and piano teacher. The arts and the sport of boxing give him strength. He experienced violence daily because of his background.
This is a classic in my eyes. I love the poetry of this novel, and the word pictures Courtenay paints. This is a shining example of the 'power of positive thinking'.
Absolutely one of the best novels I have ever read. The story and the characters are so memorable that I can see why it is called the Novel of South Africa!
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I first got it in 1989, when it was first published, and I have loved it ever since. I lost my first copy, so I needed a replacement. I think that this wonderful writer is so underrated, and it was so sad when he passed away within the past two years. You can finally buy his books on Amazon US, as opposed by going to Amazon UK or Canada. I HIGHLY recommend this book, and all of the rest of his books.
I loved this book. I bought it before a trip to South Africa. I love historical fiction and memoirs and reading about the places I visit enriches my experience. I was so engaged while reading this, couldn't put it down. It does contain some disturbing parts, so be warned. I gave it to my mother-in-law and she did not finish it, because it wasn't really her style. You might enjoy this if you like historical fiction, stories about overcoming hardships and coming of age novels.
This book was recommended to me by a friend as her "all time favorite novel". I started it and was pleased to become immediately hooked. The writing is beautiful and the characters are endearing. Little Peekay stole my heart for the first half of the book. It had me laughing one minute and crying the next. I've never cared much about boxing, but the fight scenes were riviting. About halfway through the book something changes - our little Peekay becomes so full of himself that I'm beginning to wish some more bad luck would come his way just to bring him back to the status of a mere mortal. He is constantly in awe of his own intelligence and prowess as a boxer and a scholar. While in total command of thousands of African prisoners, he muses to himself that he "has become a legend". Now enter his new buddie Morrie - the two of them CANNOT LOSE. Everything they touch turns to gold. They are admired by all and cannot imagine life not turning out exactly as they wish it. YES, Peekay did have some terrible times as a young boy, but after that he becomes the chosen one and I for one am sick to death of him. I've got a third of the book left to read and I'm not sure if I can stomach any more of the tadpole angle. Maybe I'm being a little harsh, beause I really did enjoy the first half of the book. Peekay does make quite a few attempts at false modesty, but a little true humility would have made me continue to care about him.
The Power of One is the story of Peekay, a young boy growing up in South Africa during World War II. After being tormented by an older bully and his stooges during his initial year of boarding school (why would anyone send their small children to boarding school--if you've been exposed to any literature at all you know boarding school is clearly a horrible experience at best), six-year-old Peekay determines to become the welter-weight boxing champion of the world. With hard work and mentoring from some unique and genuine individuals, Peekay is driven by his ultimate goals. In the meantime, Peekay transcends local racial strife to become beloved by all races in South Africa. Peekay is a true "outlier" as described by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers. He is also likable and great fun to cheer on.

The writing is splendid. In a single scene, Courtenay takes the reader through a multitude of emotions without feeling manipulated. The book is full of humor, love, sorrow, pain and joy and still doesn't feel contrived. The characters are unique and intriguing--Peekay is coached, taught and enlightened by the grizzled African criminal; the German ex-patriot professor of music and the beautiful Jewish intellectual. People are simply drawn to Peekay's sincerity, determination and potential. He is fiercely loyal to those he loves. There is something magical about this boy.

The setting is exotic and teaming with stories of racism, adventures and chances. Courtenay is, quite simply, a natural and gifted story teller.
The Power of One ebook
Bryce Courtenay
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McArthur & Company; Movie Tie-In edition (1998)
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