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The Power of One Paperback – January 3, 1998


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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia (January 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140272917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140272918
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book 16 years ago - it is unforgettable.
MUG
One of those wonderful books that sucks you into its world and you never want to leave.
A.K.
This story goes to the heart of the human soul as well as our mind and actions.
jo

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Herbertson on October 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
I don't think I left the couch for a couple of days when I started reading the Power of One. The descriptions used by Courtenay of the land and the lifestyles of the characters are second to none. I have probably re-read the book 10 times, and each time I smile at the same places and cry at the same places. It doesn't matter that I know what's happening or coming up, because I fell in love with Peekay the first time I read the book, and I can't seem to help myself returning to his life and reading about it all over again. The sounds of the train running on the tracks, the feeling of sorrow in a small boy's heart, and the smell of the boxing gym are just some of the powerful images in the Power of One. This is a must read book for everyone, and a great book to develop the love of reading in a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dale R. B. on December 2, 2012
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I don't know how I stumbled on this but I entered Bruce Courtenay's world and got lost in it. It's a wonderful, magical coming-of-age story set in South Africa, amazingly rich in texture and characters, and although the young narrator endures a lot of hardships and loss, the story is ultimately totally satisfactory and optimistic. Terrific.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina Marie Brown on September 26, 2011
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I read this book to help my daughter with her summer reading list. I was supposed to take notes on it so she could write the essay. Well, the book sucked me in and I couldn't put it down, so no notes for her. I made her read the book herself since I loved it so much I wanted her to experience it also.
The historical setting of the book was a new one for me. South Africa during WWII. I read a lot of books about history and enjoy them, but thinking about what it was like for the blacks and whites during this time of their own struggle of Aparthied was new. I know this book gave me a new perspective on what went on during this time period.
The ending left me wanting more and I wish that the story had continued although I understand why it ended when it did. Excellent story and I highly recommend the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Old Choirboy on April 21, 2011
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Not only your own "must read" list, but every middle and high school aged kid you know's list. This is an epic story, skillfully written and thoroughly engrossing, about a boy's amazing journey from small child to older teen. Peekay overcomes tremendous adversity and changes peoples lives along the way. His belief in the power of one person along with a clear moral sense of what was wrong with apartheid in South Africa lead him to greater and greater efforts, often risking all. But this story isn't simply a vehicle to tell about the old South Africa, it's really a story that uses that period in history to tell a story of human courage and resourcefullness. This is a "can't put it down" kind of book. My adult son remembers a similar experience when he read it as a school assignment in 7th grade.
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