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Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela Paperback – Unabridged, October 1, 1995
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Top Customer Reviews
All wrong. The writing is surprisingly fluent, the story telling surprisingly efficient and free of waste as well as redundancies. Also free of sentimentality and exaggerated pathos.
If there is anything that I wished to be more detailed it is the period of his childhood and youth. This period is described in a rather remote way and with a sometimes irritating lack of explanation or reflection. I realized that may have happened due to the conditions under which the book was written: in jail. Also I could imagine that editors suggested some shortening: after all the book is still quite hefty.
If there is one negative comment that I have to make, it refers to NM's insistence that all trouble between black groups, such as the Inkatha violence problems, or tribal conflicts, have been caused by the perfidy of the whites. As much as I can understand the psychology behind this wishful thinking, I do not think it is a realistic approach.
Despite this comment and despite the book's size, it is never boring. Highly recommendable.
This manuscript is one of the most important pieces of literature ever laid to ink - cherish it and use it to make your own world a little wiser.
Written by Nelson Mandela over the course of several years, beginning with a first draft written in prison (which was lost to authorities), the book covers each stage of Nelson's life. Beginning with his early childhood in an African tribe, through his education and career as one of the first black lawyers of Africa, and eventually his decision to join the famed political party, the African National Congress, where Nelson began his struggle for equal rights for his people. From there Nelson goes on to describe his life fighting for the freedom of the native people of Africa. Harassed and `banned' by the authorities for his actions, Mr. Mandela's struggle is not an easy one. He would be put on trial three separate times for crimes stemming from his political views, his third trial landing him a life sentence. But with Nelson's natural resiliency in bad situations, and nations all over the world calling for his release, he did not fear spending the rest of his life in prison. His years spent in prison would be long and hard, but he knew upon his release that the long walk to freedom would near an end.
The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela is written well, and its length is not of issue, especially when taking into account how expansive the story of his life really is. The pacing of the story is actually very well done, years are written away in a few pages without anything seeming to be missed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was long and took a good while to read it. However nothing of worth comes easily. I'm glad I saw the movie in the middle of my reading because it encouraged me to read... Read morePublished 5 days ago by janean
Amazing and emotive book. I would recommend this book to anyone that would like to get a personal insight to what was South African in the early to late 20th century. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sophia Lopez
I can't fully express in words what this books means to me. I put off reading it for years. Mr. Mandela was released from prison in my college years and so I knew who he was, and... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
My first autobiography and couldn't put it down, simply amazing in so many ways.Published 20 days ago by reserve13
A real page turner. I learned so much and admire Mandela for his fortitude.Published 1 month ago by Joanna Hildebrandt
They dod a great job portraying a terrorist as a hero. It seems like jus like 'beauty lies in the eye of the beholder' point of view determines who your folk heroes are. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ouboer Knoetze
Amazing! I highly recommend this book. Mandela's story is riveting and wonderfully written - once I started, I couldn't put it down, finishing it over a weekend. Read morePublished 1 month ago