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outenelrecpeu.tk: The Power of One: A Novel (): Bryce Courtenay: Books. Find the complete The Power of One book series by Bryce Courtenay. Great deals on one book or all books in the series. Free US shipping on orders over $ The Power of One was Bryce Courtenay's first book. It was published in and quickly became a huge bestseller. It's the story of a boy, Peekay, who decides.
Mar 19, Dolors rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Of all the books I read in one stands out in the horizon of my memory, a mass market paperback with pages of microscopic print which I devoured in a day and a half. The Power of one gave me the chance to meet a part of myself that I thought I had lost forever. It resited a long extinguished flame of hope, it awakened a lost feeling of wonder, it gave me proof that one can make a difference.
Set in South Africa in the s and 40s , The Power of one is the compelling coming-of-age story Of all the books I read in one stands out in the horizon of my memory, a mass market paperback with pages of microscopic print which I devoured in a day and a half.
Set in South Africa in the s and 40s , The Power of one is the compelling coming-of-age story of "Peekay", an innocent English boy who very early in his life realizes that there are greater things at stake than the hatred between the Dutch Afrikaners and the English.
The Second World War in Europe, the growing racial tensions and the beginning of Apartheid will influence his world and challenge his spiritual strength. Even though the odds are stacked against small Peekay from the start, he never loses faith in the goodness of people and following the advice of several improvised but memorable mentors who will change his life, he becomes an improbable icon in boxing which will make history. Reading this book felt magical, the story was touching in so many different ways that sometimes I had to stop reading, overwhelmed by the details and the tenderness I felt for this pure little boy who made a turbulent and full of hatred world shine with his goodwill and with his mysticism.
Peekay is one of the most inspiring characters I have ever met. He has become a part of myself, he belongs to me and to all the readers who re-learnt to believe along with him.
View all 18 comments. Oct 31, Malia rated it it was amazing Shelves: I hardly know where to begin writing this review. This book had been on my to-read list for a long time. And now it's over. Twenty hours spent getting to know the wonderful Peekay, and now I'm done? This is one of those books that isn't really over when you finish it. It stays with you and the characters live on inside your head. That's rea I hardly know where to begin writing this review.
That's really the highest compliment I can pay a book. The story is so hard to describe without making it sound simplistic. It is a coming of age story, a tale of friendship and history and love.
It's the kind of book I already know I will find myself recommending to all sorts of people. I can see it appealing to young and old, men and women, which is a rare thing to come across. There is such humanity and thoughtfulness in this story, it's got humor, but a great depth, too. Since it is told by a boy, growing into young adulthood, he sees a lot of the political and social strife of the South African people though the eyes of a child, which adds such a strong emotional element to the story.
I feel a bit at a loss now, and don't quite know what to pick up next. Needless to say, once I have let some time pass for this story to sink in, I will be seeking out Bryce Courtenay's many other books. I only wish I could write to him, and tell him how much I enjoyed his book, sadly he passed on two years ago. As I understand it, this story was largely autobiographical, which makes it that much more fascinating. Highly recommended!! Find more reviews and bookish fun at http: View all 16 comments.
Oct 05, J. This is such a powerful journey of character, courage, and self. I would read this book again in a heartbeat.
Truly amazing. View all 9 comments. Mar 06, Matthew rated it it was amazing Shelves: Took me some time to read, but not because it wasn't good, but just because there is so much to this story. A supremely well written book! If you like historical fiction - the type focused on people living in certain historical eras, not necessarily specific historical events - you will enjoy this story.
Also, if you like interesting characters and good character development, this is a good story for you, too. View all 5 comments. Mar 24, Megan rated it liked it. I had high hopes for this book, but in the end was a little disappointed. It seems towards the end of the book he lost track of where he was going with it all and just ended it, although maybe this says more about my lack of getting his point than it does about his writing style. One thing he does have though is energy, and that helped in keeping me interested.
I also think the "power of one" is a rather funny concept considering the main character, Peekay, who supposedly possesses or cultivate I had high hopes for this book, but in the end was a little disappointed. I also think the "power of one" is a rather funny concept considering the main character, Peekay, who supposedly possesses or cultivates this power owes much of it all to the support he has from many friends, mostly adults.
People who took the time and energy and love to support him and promote him, mind, body, and spirit. His power of one is only possible from the love and care of many. And it makes me sad that the story ended with a story of revenge, i think it cheapens the story.
So, to conclude all of these random comments, I think that the story had a lot of potential and there were some good things about it, but I think it could have been better executed and I'm not quite sure I agree with the philosophy behind the whole thing. View all 17 comments. May 26, Skip rated it it was amazing Recommended to Skip by: Normally I refrain from writing long reviews, but this wonderful book offers so much to readers, that I must indulge. It is a broad sweeping book about rural South Africa, set in the late s and s prior to apartheid.
It imparts a real sense of this exotic country and the friction between its diverse peoples: Dutch Afrikaners, native Boers, a host of black tribes, and the English. The protagonist Peekay is an only child, sent to boarding school at age 5 when his mother is institutionalized.
He is picked on mercilessly because he is youngest and English, and misses his black nanny. His nickname is Pisskop pisshead as he wets his bed. Peekay's only friend is a rebellious chicken. Things take a change for the better, when he is sent by train to his grandfather's distant home.
He is adopted by conductor, Hoppie Groenewald, who cares for him and teaches one of this book's life lessons: Peekay immediately develops a deep passion for boxing and decides he wants to become the welterweight champ of the world.
Doc too, adopts Peekay, and teaches him about botany, especially cacti, piano, Africa, and of course, life. As a German, Doc becomes jailed as a possible spy, but becomes a popular figure in the local prison, with inmates, guards, and the Commandant.
Meanwhile, Peekay visits Doc regularly, and eventually convinces the staff to allow him to train as a boxer. The downtrodden criminal, Geel Piet, teaches Peekay how to box and they develop a symbiotic relationship, as Peekay smuggles tobacco into the prison.
Peekay and the local town librarian also start a postal service for the mostly black inmates. Peekay's open-minded acceptance of others, accords him a mythical status with the African people in the prison and community, and he becomes revered as the "Tadpole Angel", creating a large following as his boxing career advances.
Eventually, Peekay earns a scholarship and it sent to an exclusive prep school, where he meets his next good friend and mentor, a wealthy Jew named Morrie.
Equally brilliant, the two develop businesses together, which allow them to afford getting Peekay trained at an elite boxing school. Peekay continues his unblemished record in the ring, eventually agreeing to fight a rising black champion, who has just turned professional, even though this is not legal and theoretically, a mismatch.
And yet, there is great drama as this fighter's name is familiar to Peekay, he is a descendent of a tribal chief, and the legend of the Tadpole Angel is placed at risk. Peekay is a highly popular student and athlete, joining the elite leadership of the prep school, but he continues to work for the people, opening a school to teach local blacks to read and write, drawing the ire of the local white police.
Morrie is accepted to Oxford, and Peekay does not win the coveted Rhodes Scholarship that would allow them to stay together. Instead, Peekay decides to take a grueling, dangerous job in the mines to build his strength and body mass.
Once again, Peekay befriends a loner, in this case a huge Russian, who barely speaks English. Peekay's productivity makes him the envy of all, but he stays too long in this job, leading to disaster. My only complaint is that despite the final physical confrontation in the mine bar, with a lifelong foe, we don't know if Peekay achieves his life-long ambition so now I need to read the page sequel.
Given author Courtenay's gift for storytelling, I do not expect this will be too much of a chore.
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View all 6 comments. May 10, Carol rated it it was amazing Shelves: What a nice surprise this book was for me. This coming-of-age story set in South Africa has a focus on the sport of boxing throughout, which I am generally not a fan of, but certainly loved every minute of it in this story. Peekay endures awful humiliation and abandonment at such a young age yet he struggles along through adversity and heartbreaking losses.
Jul 23, Arah-Lynda rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the story of Peekay, a frail, young, English boy growing up poor in South Africa and of his refusal to be demoralized by the racial torment surrounding him. On the road to becoming a young man he cultivates some uniquely, diverse friends and discovers many truths, not the least of which, are that loyalty, strength, love and compassion, coupled with a insatiable, thirst for knowledge and armed with the focus and courage to stay true to one's own self, can all be fused together, thus harne This is the story of Peekay, a frail, young, English boy growing up poor in South Africa and of his refusal to be demoralized by the racial torment surrounding him.
On the road to becoming a young man he cultivates some uniquely, diverse friends and discovers many truths, not the least of which, are that loyalty, strength, love and compassion, coupled with a insatiable, thirst for knowledge and armed with the focus and courage to stay true to one's own self, can all be fused together, thus harnessing a power so potent that any worthy goal can and will be achieved.
For me the message that rings out loudest and clearest in this story is how ridiculous racial hatred truly is. View 1 comment. May 31, Claudia rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is a wonderful story of the hope and success of an underdog, of relationships breaking barriers of race, age, religion, wealth, and of a boy learning who he is and who he should be.
I would really like to rate this book a 4. I loved about pages of this book, but was disappointed with the ending. And then, to make a "nice ending", of course it all comes full circle in the end and the frayed ends a This book is a wonderful story of the hope and success of an underdog, of relationships breaking barriers of race, age, religion, wealth, and of a boy learning who he is and who he should be.
And then, to make a "nice ending", of course it all comes full circle in the end and the frayed ends are all knotted.
That just doesn't happen. Allowing Peekay to conquer the Judge in one simple fight left me very unsatisfied. The whole book I pulled for him to slowly, bit by bit, mature and conquer his childhood demons.
It seems a little trite that with one fight, it's all over. Not to mention that the knife carving in the Judge was way over the top. Made me feel like Courtenay got so deep in the fascinating intricacies of the stories that he couldn't find a way out, got tired of writing, and tossed in that scene so I could get back to the other 15 or so books on my bookshelf I may be a rare reader in that I would have much preferred being left not knowing what lies ahead for PK with the People, boxing, school, God, his friends, etc.
I strive to be a forgiving soul, though, so I will not let the last 5 pages ruin the glorious journey I enjoyed with PK. May 28, Heather W rated it it was amazing. One of my favorite books! This is a truly inspirational historical fiction about of boyhood in South Africa at the birth of apartheid. Follow the life of a British child who comes of age amidst resentful Boers who are recovering from their own persecution while simultaneously championing the causes of Hitler in Germany.
This precocious boy struggles to understand the clash of races and racism while simultaneously overcoming boundaries through the medium of competitive boxing. One perhaps could ma One of my favorite books! One perhaps could make the arguement that a tinge of racism lingers in the storyline itself due to the fact that the main character, a white boy, becomes the perceived savior and idol of the native African tribesmen sort of like Ben Kingsley, a Brit, portraying Gandhi onscreen.
However, it is still a wonderful book in which the reader becomes immersed in the story, place and time. Jan 29, Dan rated it really liked it. PK is an English boy who endures a great deal of abuse from the Boer children, some of whom are Nazi sympathizers until he is taught to box.
He is an exceptional student who later befriends Doc, a German professor who is a great pianist but who is confined to the local prison for the duration of the war. The professor teaches PK many valuable life lessons including the piano but boxing and excelling at schoolwork remain his true passions. PK is the ultimate underdog throughout the first half. He becomes a local boxing champion and always displays a great deal of humanity towards Zulus and seemingly anyone who is not part of the power structure in those awful conditions that made up Apartheid.
Returning home from boarding school to live with his grandpa and mother, PK first meets and later visits Doc at the prison when he is incarcerated.
PK knows three languages which is uncommon even for adults. With the help of the professor and Geel Piet, a Zulu prisoner with a huge heart, PK helps smuggle letters in and out of the local prison.
Along with his boxing prowess he becomes a real hero to the prisoners. The child like innocence and wonder were gone after age twelve and the end of WWII. I think the story would have been perfect if he had ended there. Bryce Courtenay, the author, was a truly gifted writer and there are some truly beautiful passages in this novel and many valuable life lessons. I probably learned more about South Africa from this novel than any history book on Apartheid or the Boer War that I ever read.
View 2 comments. Aug 07, Brandice rated it liked it. The Power of One is at its simplest, a story of self-reliance and perseverance in times of hardship and struggle. The story follows Peekay from childhood through his young adult years, including his schooling, his pursuit of boxing, and his odd collection of enemies, friends, mentors and teachers. The book is long, and it took me quite a long time to get into the story.
It was a commitment, particularly because I found the pace of the story to be slow and full of somewhat unnecessary detail ea The Power of One is at its simplest, a story of self-reliance and perseverance in times of hardship and struggle.
It was a commitment, particularly because I found the pace of the story to be slow and full of somewhat unnecessary detail early on, but once I did finally get into it, The Power of One was quite good. That as long as it exists within us we cannot be destroyed. May 20, Connie G rated it it was amazing Shelves: Set in the s, the earlier Boer War, World War II, and apartheid all effect the relationships between the characters. After English Peekay was taunted cruelly by some Afrikaner Boer boys at a boarding school, he made it his goal to become the welterweight champion of the world someday.
His first boxing mentor, Hoppie, advised him, "First with the head and then with the heart, that's how a man st "The Power of One" is the story of the childhood and adolescence of a South African boy, Peekay.
His first boxing mentor, Hoppie, advised him, "First with the head and then with the heart, that's how a man stays ahead from the start. Doc teaches him about observation and logic. Doc can also see mystical or spiritual expressions in nature and music.
After helping some black prisoners with Doc and his colored boxing coach, Geet Piels, Peekay becomes a symbol of hope to the black South Africans.
Peekay is generous in spirit, and compassionate toward those who are mistreated by prejudiced people. He takes a lucrative, but dangerous job to earn money to pay for university tuition. The book comes around full circle as Peekay resolves his childhood abuse and forges ahead into the future. I enjoyed this novel with the likable, humorous Peekay who is loved by his mentors, and who gives back to the less fortunate. The book is full of adventure, and has some exciting boxing matches and I never watch boxing on TV.
The story is a journey as we follow his transformation into being a strong, intelligent man. Some events are based on the author's life. The South African politics--with the clashes between the English, the Afrikaners, the blacks, and the coloreds mixed race --are always in the background, giving the reader lots of food for thought.
View all 13 comments. Jan 01, Brad rated it really liked it. When talking about The Power of One , it is easy to be distracted by "the power of one" itself and place ultimate importance on Peekay's slippery personal philosophy. But to do so to the exclusion of all else but racism is to read only a small portion of Bryce Courtenay 's masterwork. The Power of One also deals with class, religion, science, obsession, faith vs.
Peekay's When talking about The Power of One , it is easy to be distracted by "the power of one" itself and place ultimate importance on Peekay's slippery personal philosophy. Peekay's use of violence is controlled and seemingly benevolent, but he doesn't just use violence, he needs violence. It is the very basis of his obsession with becoming the Welterweight Champion of the World.
It is at the root of everything he fights for and against. And it is the question and the answer to the defining struggle of Peekay's life. One need only look to the final pages of The Power of One for the answer to the question. Peekay savagely destroys Botha, the Judge that started him on the road to violence; while Peekay is violent in self defense, he perpetrates his violence with a ruthlessness and controlled savagery that dwarfs any of his childhood persecutions at the Judge's hands.
The final, brutal mutilation of Botha -- an act that likely raises few eyebrows amongst readers directed as it is at a symbol we consider pure evil -- is an overtly violent catharsis that brings peace to Peekay's spirit but not an end to his need for violence. It is difficult to see Peekay's conquering of Botha as anything but just.
Not only is Botha responsible for the abuse that dehumanized Peekay as a child although Botha was a child himself at the time of the abuse and about to take Peekay's life, but Courtenay overdetermines Botha's desert by making him a branded acolyte of Adolph Hitler, a Nazi racist who is apparently beyond redemption.
But beneath and behind this easy rationalization of Peekay's violence is an important commentary on our need for violence. Violence isn't something that we need to erase from human behavior because we actually need it -- especially on a personal level where it is most in danger of being sterilized from our lives already it is only an appropriate response in our popular mythology.
Violence is something we need to control and embrace and realize is part of who we are as humans. Violence is essential to both men and women. Violence is an integral part of our humanity. Violence of the kind Peekay engages in against Botha serves several purposes: Many find themselves supporting Peekay's actions without a second thought. But were a similar situation to play out in our North American reality, Peekay would find himself going to prison for a very long time, and most would agree that while he was defending himself at first, Peekay took things too far and deserves to be punished.
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Amongst its many concerns, The Power of One tells us that we need to reconsider our personal relationship with violence. It reminds us that we need to keep violence as a tool of our own, rather than passing it off as a tool for our governments, our armies, or any other persecutors who may use it against us. And so long as we use violence "first with our head, then with our heart" it can lead to positive change.
Even if we never use violence ourselves, however, even if we only admit that we are violent animals who need violence as deeply as we need love making or tenderness, even if all we do is recognize its place in our human natures, we can start to overcome things that before we simply let overcome us. View all 3 comments.
Oct 01, Jane Yates rated it it was amazing. This has been both a Hard and Easy review to write. The Power of one is a wonderful autobiographical novel which has been made into a fantastic audio book. Astonishingly this was Bryce Courtenay debut novel. Humphrey Bower is both experienced and gifted narrator and the perfect pick as he is able to pull off a convincing South African accent.
Hard to write up as it has so many powerful, tender and tantalising elements and so it would take too long to list them because they all hold real and cultural relevance. As with all good books which have a strong human element, each reader draws from their own life experiences to relate with the story.
The richness of the main character PK whose we meet at a tender age and go on to experience though his thoughts, all his life with its joy, muddles and harshness. The story is set against the dramatic back drop of Africa at a historically rich time.
The wealth of this very personal and at time humorous while being startling graphic book, will have something in it that will not fail to touch even the hardest of hearts.
As for myself the telling of the bond of friendship between the five year old PK and his chicken, Grandpa Chuck, hit the most me with stiff resonance. This was because I was midway through the audio book at the time I had heard about my dear old springer spaniel Mandy, fatal illness. Bryce writes superbly throughout the book but this connection with his unusual animal friend, the love and respected trust with his chicken hit me the hardest because of my best friend Mandy.
As each of them where introduced into the thick of the story and at times had left, sometimes abruptly! I was span though a range of emotions, catching my breath with sadness, peace or fear. It would be hard to pick out the best of them as they are all best!
Even the baddies as they made the goodies appear more courageous and strong hearted, and so the story would not have been the same without them. The sheer spender at which he brings to life the delicacy and rawness of each of the marvellously complete characters and soulfully describes breathtakingly beautiful scenery with jaw dropping emphasis.
So much of the landscape of Africa is written about and from so many viewpoints. I knew it was a hot climate but I learned of the coolness and darkness of the night.
I was surprised by differing landscapes, the cactus garden, rose garden and magical crystal cave, which were described and narrated so colourfully and bountifully that I could see them in full spender when I closed my eyes.
In this book the landscape of the peoples of Africa where explored and described, with a strong emphasis showing how important music and the connection to their land was. PK the hero of the book is a true hero a fighter who yearned for knowledge but was not mean spirited and keenly shared with all. This book was a humbling experience.
What a travel! What an adventure! And all without leaving my small flat and from the safety of my sofa with my best friend Mandy sat by me! What a gift this book is! I whole heartily recommend it.
Or if you sign up though your local library UK only can be borrowed free here http: An absolutely wonderful read with amazing characters. South African historical fiction. Highly recommended. Feb 23, David rated it it was amazing. This is one of the most important books I have ever read. The reader really gets pulled into the life of PK, experiencing his trials and successes. There are some great laugh out loud moments, such as during his train ride with Big Hettie, and when Granpa Chook decides to express his opinion of The Judge and his Nazi party though the surrounded circumstance is sad and grim.
There are also some very dark times in his life, but these serve to prove the triumph of the human spirit and so are a va This is one of the most important books I have ever read.
There are also some very dark times in his life, but these serve to prove the triumph of the human spirit and so are a valuable part of the story. One of the lessons I took away from the book was the value in accepting people how they are, no matter if their beliefs or behavior aligns with what you perceive as right or wrong. You can stay true to yourself and be kind to others without changing them.
Larry L. My rating is probably somewhat closer to 4 stars. I enjoyed the story of Peekay and all the other characters but for me I know I'm the outlier it just took too long to tell it. I won't soon forget him though: View all 10 comments.
Mar 19, craige rated it it was amazing. I firmly believe that a book or a movie can be about absolutely anything as long as its well written. There are a few sports movies out there that I have enjoyed, that I got wrapped up in, all because what they were really were was just good stories.
This is a book like that. If you do happen to read the back cover, you will learn that the book is about boxing, but it's hardly just about boxing. Saying The Power of One is only about boxing is like saying doing well in school is only about showin I firmly believe that a book or a movie can be about absolutely anything as long as its well written.
Saying The Power of One is only about boxing is like saying doing well in school is only about showing up to class. Well, bad analogy, but you get my point. The book starts off with the main character, whose real name you never learn, heading off to boarding school at 5 years old.
Although it's told from his point of view, the story is not at all childish because Peekay is wise beyond his years. Peekay is the name he chooses for himself after he is called Pisskop, which means "pisshead.
The book is overly sentimental at times, but is so well written that that is easily forgiven. Bad things happen to Peekay, but the reader quickly realizes that all will work out in the end. The question is how. The book is so beautifully written that the rather basic story line of a poor kid with a big dream fighting his way to the top by staying honest becomes a truly unique tale that will stay with you long after you've put the book down.
I've read this book three times and each time it's as good as the previous read, if not better. The novel's protagonist is Peekay - just Peekay - who is, in all respects, a remarkable young man. The story begins when Peekay is 5 years old and ends when he is 17, but the 12 years covered are formative; although we don't know what lies in store for Peekay by the end o I've read this book three times and each time it's as good as the previous read, if not better.
The story begins when Peekay is 5 years old and ends when he is 17, but the 12 years covered are formative; although we don't know what lies in store for Peekay by the end of the book, we know he will carry the experiences of his boyhood with him for the rest of his life.
Young Peekay is a white child of British heritage growing up in South Africa after the British absorbed the Boer republics into the British Empire in the early s after winning the second Anglo-Boer War. The Boers, who speak Afrikaans, and the British, who speak English, spend a lot time looking down on each other, both both group look down on black South Africans, who speak many languages.
Peekay learns to speak all the languages, which of course is symbolic of his uncommon ability to find a way to relate to and communicate effectively with so many other human beings throughout the book. He is treated horribly at times but somehow manages to meet some extraordinary people who help him in his endeavor to grow up. The rich character development is my favorite aspect of this novel.
This third time around I listened to the audiobook and it is a great listen. The narrator is excellent even if his pace was a tad slow , and it was very helpful to hear all of the African and Boer names and vocabulary words pronounced properly. I recommend this book often, even to young adults since Peekay spends a good portion of the novel between the ages of 10 and 17, and even to men since there are very masculine themes, and it is universally admired. All my book clubs at the library just read it and loved it despite being longer than a usual book club pick.
At the end of the year, the Judge forces Peekay to eat feces, and kills his beloved chicken. He looks forward to arriving home to his nanny, but has been informed there has been a change in plans.
He will be travelling to a town called Barberton, where he will meet his grandfather. Hoppie is a boxing champion, and he invites Peekay to watch him box during a stop in the ride.
It is there that Peekay is inspired to be the welterweight champion of the world. Hoppie teaches Peekay the phrase "First with your head, then with the heart," a phrase which Peekay commits to memory. At Barberton, Peekay sees his mother again. She has returned from the mental institution and converted to being a born-again-Christian. He learns that his mother had left his nanny because she refused to convert. His mother also tries to convert him, but he tells his mother that the Lord is a "shithead.
Doc and Peekay become close friends, and he offers Peekay piano lessons. Peekay visits him every day for piano lessons, and attends the prison's boxing squad. A prisoner with whom Peekay becomes friends, Geel Piet, teaches him to box, and Peekay leads the team to a victory.
Later, Peekay develops great sympathy for the prisoners and arranges Doc and Geel Piet a letter-writing service and a tobacco distribution service. This makes Peekay very famous among the prisoners, and they call him the great chief "Tadpole Angel" a reference to Doc being the "Frog" for his nightly piano playing.
One of the wardens discovers that some suspicious activity has been going on, and one night, Geel Piet is murdered in the gym.
The war ends, and Doc finds himself free again. Boxhall, the local librarian, and a Jewish schoolteacher, Miss Bornstein, work with Doc to further encourage the blossoming of Peekay's intellect with many activities such as science, literature and chess. He passes his Royal College of Music exams and earns the best under-twelve boxer in the region. With the help of his guides, Peekay is accepted into the prestigious Prince of Wales school in Johannesburg.
They pull off many "scams" to earn money and Peekay joins the school's ailing boxing team. Morrie becomes Peekay's manager and they pull off the first win of the school in many years. Peekay then starts boxing lessons with South Africa's famous Solly Goldman.
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Peekay grows to be a stranger to failure, excelling at academics, boxing and rugby. Near the end of his last year of school, he must face the death of Doc and not earning a Rhodes scholarship, therefore missing his chance to join Morrie Hymie at Oxford to study law. As a result, Peekay takes a year off of boxing and academics and goes to work in Northern Rhodesia's copper mines to "find himself" and build up the muscle to become a welterweight.
He takes on the dangerous work of a "grizzly man" as required by all new miners, but continues on to earn double wages, thereby saving enough to attend Oxford. At the mines, he meets a Georgian called Rasputin and they become close friends. When Peekay has an accident in his shaft, Rasputin saves Peekay, but gives his own life up instead. Rasputin names Peekay as his beneficiary; that and his own insurance payout gives him enough to be able to attend Oxford.
One night before Peekay leaves the mining camp, Peekay meets his old nemesis, the Judge, in a bar at the mines. The Judge is in an insane rage due to handling mine explosives and tries to kill Peekay.
A fight ensues and Peekay puts all he has learned in his life to destroy the Judge.Original Title. He is treated horribly at times but somehow manages to meet some extraordinary people who help him in his endeavor to grow up. He embarks on an epic journey through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice where he will learn the power of words, the power to transform lives and the power of one.
Love The Power Of One? The students call him Piskop meaning piss-head and rooinek redneck—a name given to the British soldiers during the Boer War among other names. The family separation was painful. If you are wrong, no matter, you have learned something and you will grow stronger. I knew it was a hot climate but I learned of the coolness and darkness of the night. I stumbled across notes taken during my audio read, so I have some more thoughts.
So says Hoppie Groenewald, boxing champion, to a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world.