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Being anti-apartheid was one of the most effective activist rallying cries of the s, and it remains an emotionally stirring subject for students when presented with it in an intimate and honest manner, as in this book.

He lacked the “courage” to blow up a white kindergarten. This page was last edited on 29 Octoberat Throughout the book, Mark refuses to believe what the mathagane man affirms of him. Sign up and get a free eBook! But I get his point and agree in theory.

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Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography

mthabane By embracing education, he is able to rise out of despair and destitution. Johannes Mathabane, who changes his name to Mark when he starts playing tennis with white people, is a child of Alexandra, born in to illiterate parents who do not have the proper passes to be living in Alexandra.

Through a series of circumstances, the unwavering support of his mother and grandmother, his tenacity and determination, and no small degree of luck, I found it almost unbelievable the obstacles he overcame.

It gives a certain amount of insight into racial issues and allows me to look at some other issues in my own country in a new light. Must redeem within 90 days. I liked Mathabane’s story overall, but parts of it seemed way too good to be true; somehow. Before I read this, I didn’t really know anything about the apartheid.

His parents escape and leave the kids alone otherwise risk being locked upand Mark is left to deal with the harassment of the police on his own. This extraordinary memoir of life under apartheid is a triumph of the human spirit over hatred and unspeakable degradation.


Mathabane’s grandmother becomes a gardener for a kind family, the Smiths, who introduce Mathabane to books and tennis by sending books and even a tennis racket home with his grandmother for him. An Argument Text and Reader. I wanted to like this book, but that’s a tall order.

Mar 12, Therese rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s inspirational to think how he worked so hard to get out of his position. Yet Mark The Classic Story of Life in Apartheid South Africa Mark Mathabane was weaned on devastating poverty and schooled in the cruel streets of South Africa’s most desperate ghetto, where bloody gang wars and midnight police raids were his rites of passage. We simply want a country where race and colour don’t determine your place in the sun.

This book was really an eye-opener. Race relations, haves and have nots, these things come to a head on a daily basis for some people, Mark Mathabane included.

Should Mark leave or should he use his education and white contacts to help his country? It is technically illegal for Mark to play there, but the law is ignored and he becomes comfortable with whites. I recommend the book to those who like inspiring books that make you want to be in the book to witness it happen yourself. In a country with so much beauty and diversity, abject poverty and opulent wealth live right next door to each other sometimes.

At his mother’s insistence, Mathabane starts school and learns to love it, rising to the top of his class in spite of frequent punishments due to his family’s late payments for school fees and inability to afford school supplies.

Mark was later enrolled into school after his family made enough money from selling beer. Eventually he started playing in tournaments where he met Stan Smith, a famous American tennis player whose coach at USC helped Johannes get a tennis scholarship to attend a college in South Carolina.

Mathabane writes eloquently about his growing up in the midst of poverty, violence, disease, conflict, alienation, hatred, and ignorance. Mathabane describes in his book. Or maybe he just doesn’t remember as well, but any point, mathaband hit or miss as to how much you want matahbane keep reading.


Kaffir Boy – Wikipedia

In September the leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, a healthy mathqbane year old man, dies in police custody, the situation becomes even worse. What I took away from reading this book: The scene which most parents object to involves his katfir for money by several mrak black South Africans, but there are scenes of physical violence without the sex that nearly as shocking.

The amazing thing is that the family also gave Johannes a tennis racket which turned maffir to be his ticket out of poverty and out of the country. Kind of a strange pairing.

Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane is an autobiography about a black boy who grows up in Apartheid South Africa in the s and 70s. This is actually a great book for anybody who wants to see the kind mathanane impact poverty borne of racism has on a human being – how it robs people of their motivation, their potential, their integrity, their humanity. Nothing comes easy and in June ofwhen the Department of Bantu Education decreed that all black schools had to teach courses in Afrikaans instead of English, the students of the township of Soweto marched through the streets protesting.

Nov 10, Patricia Douglas rated it it was amazing. The narrative vividly describes apartheid and the unbearable conditions its laws inflicted on blacks: Mark was courageous and despite what was at times paralyzing fear, he kept picking himself up somehow knowing that there had to be another way.

Like every other child born in the mathabanw of apartheid, he learned to measure his life in days, not years. Second of all, because the army has sealed off your areas, we can’t get at you and kill you. This world is a brutal place with a veneer of civilization through which war and every kind of depravity, enslavement and murder keeps popping through like boils on skin.