Africa Will Always Break Your Heart

Africa Will Always Break Your Heart

by Gerrie Hugo

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ISBN-13: 9781425968168
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.61(d)

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Africa Will Always Break Your Heart 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Angelic55blonde on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So this book, "Africa Will Always Break Your Heart" by Gerrie Hugo is an intense and very unique book. It is a memoir, an autobiography of sorts, about a man (Gerrie Hugo) who participated in Apartheid in South Africa but later came to his senses. It is a brutually honest account, as the reader will get that from the very first page. The writing style is informal, with some swear words here and there but it brings an air of authenticity to the book. It is a fairly fast read and I definitely enjoyed reading it. The chapters are only a few pages long so it makes you feel as if you have accomplished a lot (which I really liked). A few things of note, you definitely have to be open minded when going into this book and it's definitely not for everyone. It's for a "mature" audience as there are a couple chapters which lean on the side of being slightly pornographic. To me, those parts didn't need to be in the book for it to be successful, however, I don't think it detracted from the book as a whole too much. That being said, I really did like this book. It was very different from many books I have read and gives an unique perspective into the whole issue of Apartheid. I loved the brutal honesty as well as the humor that was woven into the work. I highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in a completely different book and is interested in finding out what Apartheid was like for someone who actively participated in it and his thoughts on it now. Be prepared for a very honest work with some "rough" language from time to time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the author of the book says, Africa Will Always Break Your Heart ¿is not a story about good table manners.¿ It is a brutal, harrowing and honest account of atrocities committed during the Apartheid era from the viewpoint of a high-ranking official who decided to expose these human rights violations at great personal cost. First time author Gerrie Hugo writes in his second language, and his prose is often choppy and his phrases sometimes stilted, but nevertheless his bracing honesty shows through. Hugo fully admits to his flaws and complicity in Apartheid proceedings, which makes his account at once both deeply courageous and vulnerable. His anecdotes are well chosen, often humourous, and useful in understanding his actions and behaviour. Still, some parts of the book I could have done without, such as his very detailed descriptions of sexual acts. While I understand the author¿s intention, I still could not help but detect a great deal of misogyny permeating these parts of the text. Structurally this book is uneven and could have had more background information with regards to military terms and organisation names, 'which despite a glossary at the front' seem to come up out of the blue and make comprehension difficult for the average reader unfamiliar with South Africa politics and history. A great first hand account by a first time author which would undoubtedly be invaluable to someone who wants fresh and keen insight into the tangled web of violence, political maneuvering, lies and deceit that make up the Apartheid system.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So this book, 'Africa Will Always Break Your Heart' by Gerrie Hugo is an intense and very unique book. It is a memoir, an autobiography of sorts, about a man 'Gerrie Hugo' who participated in Apartheid in South Africa but later came to his senses. It is a brutually honest account, as the reader will get that from the very first page. The writing style is informal, with some swear words here and there but it brings an air of authenticity to the book. It is a fairly fast read and I definitely enjoyed reading it. The chapters are only a few pages long so it makes you feel as if you have accomplished a lot 'which I really liked'. A few things of note, you definitely have to be open minded when going into this book and it's definitely not for everyone. It's for a 'mature' audience as there are a couple chapters which lean on the side of being slightly pornographic. To me, those parts didn't need to be in the book for it to be successful, however, I don't think it detracted from the book as a whole. That being said, I really did like this book. It was very different from many books I have read and gives an unique perspective into the whole issue of Apartheid. I loved the brutal honesty as well as the humor that was woven into the work. I recommend this for anyone who is interested in a completely different book and is interested in finding out what Apartheid was like for someone who actively participated in it and his thoughts on it now. Be prepared for a very honest work with some 'rough' language from time to time but it only adds to the authenticity of the work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story came from the heart and made me feel uncomfortably like a vouyer at times and yet its just a story about a normal South African caught up in bizarre military and political happenings around him. It took guts to write and goes along way towards explaining the mindset of those that supported apartheid. I fully recommend this read to all of those that is not too fainthearted as this man tells it as it was. Well Done!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of those books you cannot put down....a great read for all