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Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    I am a high school sophomore and I had to do a research project

    I am a high school sophomore and I had to do a research project on the apartheid in South Africa. This book didn’t really help me in terms of my research, but it was a very interesting story. I really like the fact that it was a written by someone who experienced the apartheid first hand. It really went in depth on how the black Africans were treated by the white Africans. Mark Mathabane, the author of the book, shared every emotion he had and described the situations he went through very vividly. Mark tells us how he overcame the apartheid at such a young age with his siblings, and how this experienced changed him. He also talks about his education and he mentions how he was the best in his class. He wanted to become the first doctor in his family. He talks about very important events in his life and how close he was to his family. I really enjoyed this book because I got to know how it really was during the apartheid and how it felt. I recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2004

    Kaffir Boy

    I really enjoyed reading Kaffir Boy. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to find out what it was like living in South Africa under the laws of apartheid. Mark Mathabane describes his childhood experiences living under the laws and how he managed to get through it. He talks about all of the harsh times he had to deal with by the police, his parents, and at school. He talks about his achievements and goals that he sets. This book really made me think about myself and how hard I have to work to reach my goals. As I read the book I felt like I was there with him experiencing everything. This book was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    Very Intruiging

    This book was very touching and sad with the hope of a young black boy living in South Africa. The struggles keep the plot turning, and show the suffering of the time. I would highly reccomend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2000

    a very heartfilled story

    As part of an application project for my Honors 9 Geography class, I chose to read this book because I just didn't know what else to read. As it turns out, I really enjoyed the book and am glad I read it. This book was helpful in that it had many examples of the themes we were looking for as part of the project. The movement of blacks to and from jobs in the white world. Raids by the police forcing families out of their homes, splitting them up and taking parents to jail, leaving children to fend for themselves. Culture had a big part in this story. The tribalism was very different from the way the white people in So. Africa lived their lives. It was even different from the way black families in the ghetto lived their lives, even if they were raised in a tribe. I liked Mathabane's style of writing because its not your average 'proper english class' style, and you kind of get a feel for how this person is by the way they write and communicate through writing. Through Mathabane, I learned how cruel and unjust white people were/are to the blacks. It really hit hard and I just cannot believe anyone would be so horrible to another person(s)! Hatred grew in me for the white South Africans and I began to feel sorry for the poor black families, Mathabane's most of all. I would tell myself that if i lived back in those days, I would've tried my hardest to resolve this and get all those with me who agreed. I knew that black people were badly mistreated, but this closer look into their every day lives just frightened me. People dying every day from malnutrition, lack of medical assistance, police killing those who's papers aren't in order. It all just makes me sick. I believe that this book was written at my reading level because I could comprehend most of what Mathabane was saying and the only words I struggled with were those written in the tribal languages. This book was not hard to get into at all, and it was the kind of book that you just couldn't put down for fear you'd miss something! You just had to see what the whites were going to do next and think to yourself how you'd have shown them! I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in other cultures and other ways of life and could sympathize with the blacks, not the whites.

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