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Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela Paperback – Unabridged, October 1, 1995
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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
An amazing story. I recommend getting the audible narration by Michael Boatman. Hearing the story read in a South African accent was amazing.Published 10 days ago by Alaskanadian
You can't deny Mandela's place in history, especially South African history. In the near century he was alive he did many, many great things. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Delta Stet
This book is so readable and gives a real sense of the period in South Africa. I have a new appreciation for how fortunate South Africa was to have Mandela as a leader at that... Read morePublished 29 days ago by William H. Clewell
A nice easy read that deals a monumental life. Mandela encourages me to be a better man. To take other people's pains. A saint.Published 1 month ago by Kimangu Miro
Its quite long for such a plot. On many occasions Mandela is not honestPublished 1 month ago by PhilOtd
I would say that this book must be in your library. Mandela was one of the world's great men. In this book, you develop as Mandela does,learn as he learns, deal with violence and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stoneworks