The Power of One was one of the most incredible books I have ever read. I would recommend to anyone seeking a book that they cannot put down. Compelling!
one of the BEST books i have eveer read (and a fantastic movie, too)! i wanted to read this book forever - i was sad when i turned the last page. descriptions are so vivid, you feel like you are living it.
this is an amazing book about a young white boy growing up in South Africa. It made me laugh and cry and want to cover my eyes in horror, but at the same time i didn't want to ever put it down. can't get any better than that.
A tale of a young boy's ability to prevail during his harsh boyhood in South Africa. I found the story too close to a fairy tale, with the exception that the final chapters left me empty instead of uplifted.
This is one of the best books I've read in a long, long time. Courtenay's voice draws you into the geography and the time period as if you were side by side woth Peekay. I was surprised to have tears sliding unbeckoned as I read of the tragedies in Peekay's life, and smiled broadly with the triumphs. How have I missed reading such a grand story before now?
One of the best books I've read this year. It's about a little boy, Peekay, who is sent to boarding school at age 5 in South Africa where he has to fend for himself. He is just a lonely little kid who must learn his life lessons from friends, peers and other people who come into his life. Race relations, apartheid, trust, friendship, endurance and perserverance are explored. I can't say enough about this book; I thought it was inspiring and profound.
Bryce Courtenay is one of my favorite authors. His ability to make your emotions take a rollercoaster ride is amazing. After I finished "The power of one" I couldn't wait to start "Tandia" the sequel to "The power of One". I was also moved that Peekay surrounded by hatred yet rose above it again and again.
I could not get into this book. In fact, no one in my bookclub could - we stopped reading it
This book was great! The beginning was tough for me though. But once i understood the lingo, it was an "i gotta finish this" kind of book. Definitely recommend. The ending was great!
Enjoyed this book tremendously, a bit slow with the boxing vignettes but overall a good read.
I have tried, and tried, and TRIED to get into this book... just couldn't do it. I refuse to let a book go unread, so I will finish it, but only through drudgery. Sorry Bryce Courtenay, but this was so slow and pathetic at keeping its reader, I wouldn't recommend this one.
Sometimes difficult to read emotionally. Well written, poignant, throughly excellent story-telling.
Excellent story, interesting to see the development of a person and the influences that help. Set in and around WWII in a country of wide extremes and brutality. Definitely worth reading.