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The Power of One: A Novel Paperback – September 29, 1996
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"Episodic and bursting with incident, this sprawling memoir of an English boy's lonely childhood in South Africa during WW II pays moderate attention to questions of race but concerns itself primarily with epic melodrama," noted PW.
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“The Power of One has everything: suspense, the exotic, violence; mysticism, psychology and magic; schoolboy adventures, drama in the boxing ring.”
–The New York Times
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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.
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.
My only criticism is the end, which I felt ran out of gas, and was a little anti-climactic. Though to be fair, my interest today was to see if there is a sequel and am happy to be directed to Tandia.