by Bryce Courtenay (FIC/COU) Review by Ms. Bower
This first-person narrative about the growth of an Anglo-African boy in 1930s/40s South Africa is a long read in three distinct parts. But let me start off with this: It is well worth the time investment. Period. The topics of boxing, bullying, African culture, Hitler, underground mining, the prison system, gambling, and classical music are all wonderfully present here as you follow a young boy who learns valuable lessons from each person he meets, combats his initial “outsider/victim” status, and reaches for his seemingly-impossible dream of being Welterweight Champion of the World.