Kaffir Boy in America

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"... moving saga of hardship and determination, insight and inspiration..." Autobiography of an African man and his escape to the United States.

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This is a sequel to Kaffir Boy ( LJ 4/15/86), a best-selling account of Mathabane's youth in a black township in South Africa. It deals with his life in America as a student, writer, and outspoken opponent of apartheid. Like many sequels, this one lacks the power of the original. Kaffir Boy vividly details the horrors of growing up black in a society premised on radical racial discrimination; its wrenching story virtually grabs the reader by the throat. The sequel, in which the author describes both his trials and successes in coping with and ultimately taking advantage of American mobility, pales in comparison. Still, this work does nicely describe the author's ambivalence toward the United States--both America's lure and its continuing racial problems. Generally well written, it is appropriate for most academic and public libraries.
- Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

The absorbing sequel to the author's Kaffir Boy , one of the best books ever written about apartheid, this tells of Mathabane's life in the U.S. since he arrived here at age 18 in 1978 on a tennis scholarship, describing his painful experiences at three colleges in one year and in American society generally. PW called it "a wonderful, inspiring story." Photos.
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