Mine Boy

Mine Boy

by Peter Abrahams


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Xuma faces the complexities of urban life in Johannesburg.

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ISBN-13: 9780435905620
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 09/22/2008
Series: AWS African Writers Series
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 658,438
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Peter Abrahams was born in 1919 in Johannesburg, South Africa, attended St Peter's College in South Africa and then went to sea for two years as a stoker during the WWII before settling in Britain. There he joined the editorial staff of the communist newspaper, 'The Daily Worker' and began to write in earnest. Abrahams finally settled in Jamaica, in 1957 with his wife and family where he became editor of the West Indian Economist, a commentator on Jamaica's radio and television and a radio news network controller of West Indian News.

His collection of short stories Dark Testament (1942) was followed by the publication of his first novel, Mine Boy (1946), which established Abrahams as an important novelist. He has since published eight works: Song of the City (1945), Path of Thunder (1948), Wild Conquest (1950), A Wreath for Vdomo (1956), A Night of their Own (1965), This Island Now (1966), the autobiographical Tell Freedom: Memories of Africa (1954), and an essay Return to Goli (1953).

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Mine Boy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
mpho3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mine Boy is an unsung gem, amazing and much more potent than Alan Paton's Cry the Beloved Country. In fact, the two do not necessarily warrant comparison except for the fact that Paton's book is one of the few classic South African novels taught in U.S. schools. Some readers have complained of the simplicity of Abraham's language or "cardboard" characters. For me, it's that very simplicity that makes the story such a dramatic tale; it's language that anyone can understand. It's primitive, if you will, or embryonic. As for the characters being underdeveloped, again, I think this adds to the effectiveness of this particular story. Caste systems, apartheid, and other types of sanctioned discrimination force people to come across as stereotypes. When we view our neighbors as "other," we're not seeing them as fully human. This is effectively dramatized in Mine Boy. It put me in a time and place that I would not have experienced otherwise, despite the universality of feeling that comes with the hardships of life.
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Mine Boy was my class reader in High School. It captures it's readers' attention and takes you behind the experience of the mine workers in apatheid South Africa. I would recommend this book to anyone.