Book Reviews of The Power of One

The Power of One
The Power of One
Author: Bryce Courtenay
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ISBN-13: 9780345410054
ISBN-10: 034541005X
Publication Date: 9/29/1996
Pages: 528
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 113 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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I could not get into this book. In fact, no one in my bookclub could - we stopped reading it
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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!
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Enjoyed this book tremendously, a bit slow with the boxing vignettes but overall a good read.
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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.
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Sometimes difficult to read emotionally. Well written, poignant, throughly excellent story-telling.
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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.