- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Media Tie In edition (September 29, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034541005X
- ISBN-13: 978-0345410054
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 719 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Power of One: A Novel Paperback – September 29, 1996
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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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In the Ballantine publicity department, we have an informal book club. It usually gets started is when one of us reads a book, loves it, and then passes it on to a friend in the department. Once one person has read a book and loves it, then we ALL have to read it too! 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! He's picked on as a young boy, then he befriends an older man who teaches him the wonders of life. The book is beautifully written, and the story is extremely compelling. If you liked Anna Quindlen's OBJECT LESSONS or Edward Albee's A DEATH IN THE FAMILY or John Irving's A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY, you will love this book too.
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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.
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I am grateful to the one who made me read this as a child.