Kaffir Boy in America [Mathabane] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Kaffir Boy in America, by Mathabane, Mark. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane – The classic story of life in Apartheid South Africa. Mark Mathabane was weaned on devastating poverty and schooled in the cruel. Free summary and analysis of the events in Mark Mathabane’s Kaffir Boy that won’t make you snore. We promise.

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There is no doubting at all that a book like this is so important in teaching us about the harsh reality of life in SA townships, and one cannot help but admire Mathabane’s strength and determination in escaping this way of life. Must redeem within 90 days.

Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography

That’s not to say that I don’t buy into the representation of SA that Mathabane puts forward, it is simply that the book is written, intentionally or otherwise, in a childish manner, by which I mean that Mathabane focuses solely kathabane his subjective experience of everything, regardless of whether or not the reader would be interested in hearing about the feelings of those around him.

What of those who didn’t get out? I thought hearing the unpleasant truths, no matter how it was written, kaffig leave me with more insight and understanding. Eventually he started playing in tournaments where he met Hoy Smith, a famous American tennis player whose coach at USC helped Johannes get a tennis scholarship to attend a college in South Carolina.

Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane — Banned Library

This extraordinary memoir of life under apartheid is a triumph of the human spirit over hatred and unspeakable degradation. This gives a good sense of the overwhelming hopelessness of life in the ghettos and Bantus of South Africa.


Nov 24, Vivify M rated it it was ok Shelves: Evidently this was a peaceful protest but the police responded with tear gas, rifles, shotguns with which they opened fire.

But while I felt for Johannes, and empathized with his plight; the third portion of “Kaffir Boy” struck me as more of a list of his achievements, than anything else; and that’s where the story started to go a little downhill for me. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! It was initially published inand parts of it read almost too much like an appeal to abroad for help. Overall, I’m glad I picked it up. All I could think of at the end of the book was about how much I wondered how the others fared.

Kaffir Boy

At this point he swings wildly between wanting to be part of the white world and his hatred of whites. Realized – in planning a trip to South Africa, that we had the book on our shelves. It gives a certain amount of insight into racial issues and allows me to look at some other issues in katfir own country in a new light. Mathqbane grandmother worked for a kind white family that sent home books so Johannes could learn English and how to read.

He had always been a gifted student: Mark is a survivor in a world that seems impossible to survive. The book Kaffir Boy has won the prestigious Christopher Award for inspiring hope.

I fell in love with Mark Mathabane; I fell in love with his resilience, his strength, his continuous belief in himself as a black man, and his struggle against the disgusting system of Apartheid in South Africa. I am not really tracking with that logic.


What I took away from reading this book: Mathabane describes in his book. Jun 18, Joy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quotes from Kaffir Boy: Mark was the oldest byy 7 children born to an overworked mother who wanted her children to have an education – and a father who still believed in the tribal ways of raising children, being a husband and existing under the rules mathaane apartheid.

This world is a brutal place with a veneer of civilization through which war and every kind of depravity, enslavement and murder keeps popping through like boils on skin. Jan 17, Danielle rated it really liked it Shelves: Without hope and devotion not only would Mathabane lives be changed, but the black South African society as a whole We want a South Africa where everyone–black, Coloured, white and Indian–is equal before the law. Before I read this, I didn’t really know anything about the apartheid.

He taught himself to play tennis and he practiced a lot. Destroy the little we have and our own people because we can’t get at you. An amazing education in America where people are treated equally.

To see what your friends thought of this book, byo sign up. The third p Maybe its the fact that this is my second time reading the book or maybe its the fact that I read it all in one overnight sitting, but this book just didn’t sit with me as well as I expected it to.

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