Power of One, The by Bryce Courtney(305 ratings)
|Title||Power of One, The|
|Submitted by Pete Vene |
It's a great book. Peekay is a genius and because of his early exposure to hatred and bigotry, he learns to camouflage himself to the abuse of his peers, most especially the Judge. He learns to adjust to the torture by being tough on the outside whic frustrates his enemies. He finds an outlet through Granpa Chook and is badly hurt by the demise of his only friend at that time. I noticed that Peekay would always find company of good people after he gets away from the first boarding school. He learns a hard lesson early in life. He has a very kind heart as depicted on how he cares about his nanny more than his real mom. When he meets Hoppie, that triggers the change in his life which he carries throughout the story. He is one lucky guy to have so many good friends like Doc, Morrie, Giel Peet, Rasputin and so many more. He has a personality and traits that make him very likable. The way that Bryce portrayed Peekays character was very well done. Peekay has very good manners, very smart and respectful. He is a quick learner and has very good memory. It was good that Peekay was able to get his revenge with the Judge at the end but I wished Bryce had a good ending showing Peekay being able to achieve his dream of becoming the welterweight champion of the world. Bryce was able to put the reader grasping for more.
|Submitted by Winnie McKee |
I just finished this book as part of a book club that I belong to. I thought that the book was well written and it gave a very good description of the situation in South Africa and area during the time period in question. I especially liked Doc and his philosophy. I did not agree, however, that the power of one can be achieved by successfully seeking bloody revenge. It takes a bigger person to stand up peacefully to opression , much like Ghandi did. To me that is the "power of one".
|Submitted by Anonymous |
Having first read "The Power of One" in 1994 (two years after its release), and a number of times since, TPo1 is difficult to label without using a cliche: as it stands, TPo1 is tremendous.
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