Kaffir Boy in America [Mathabane] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Kaffir Boy in America, by Mathabane, Mark. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane – The classic story of life in Apartheid South Africa. Mark Mathabane was weaned on devastating poverty and schooled in the cruel. Free summary and analysis of the events in Mark Mathabane’s Kaffir Boy that won’t make you snore. We promise.

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This is an amazing story of courage. Nov 01, Jared rated it it was ok. Jul 30, Garrett Zecker rated it really liked it.

Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography

I recommend the book to those who like inspiring books that make you want to be in the book to witness it happen yourself. I’m interested in what happened when he got to Mxrk. Maybe this was part of his strong will. Reading this very easy text will empower you to stand up for ignorance and indifference in your own world as a diplomat for acceptance.

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A huge eye opener. This world is a brutal place with a veneer of civilization through which war and every kind of mathbaane, enslavement and murder keeps popping through like boils on skin.

Something that I disagreed with in this book was the way it ended, I love happy endings and I was thrilled to read that Johannes was able to escape apartheid and go on to live in America attending ,ark college.

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. Johannes, the title character, grows up in incredible poverty and endures unimaginable humiliation at the hands of white people and gang members.

Mark Mathabane born Johannes Mathabane is an author, lecturer, and former collegiate tennis player. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane is an autobiography about a black boy who grows up mathabanr Apartheid South Africa in the s and 70s. Mmark was only abolished in – the year I was born!!

This leads to as many problems as you can imagine it might. Dec 30, Kimberly rated it it was amazing Shelves: But, his escape would mean that he would be abandoning his family – leaving his mother at the hands of a brutal husband and his siblings to face the same impoverished childhood.


Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! The problem is who is defining freedom, justice and equality? Mark is inspiring as a black man, an African, and a human being.

Feb 17, Chana rated it really liked it Shelves: Yet Mark Mathabane, armed only with the courage of his family and a hard-won education, raised himself up from the squalor and humiliation to win a scholarship to an American university.

Views Read Edit View history. The family goes through some bpy times living in South Africa because of constant police raids and the dirty and rat-filled streets. I felt this in particular when he described conversations with his mother. Eventually renowned tennis player Stan Smith takes Mathabane under his wing when the two meet at a tournament.

Mark happens to be extremely intelligent and hard-working. 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.

Jul 24, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is beautiful in its tragic solemnity, in some ways a breed apart from other books written on the subject. I said that the book was disturbing, and it is meant to be. He was always intrigued by America despite not knowing certain things about America, which I found deeply interesting because the nation presented itself as one free from the apartheid he had grown up knowing: He never paints himself as anything but a victim or a saint.

In a country with so much beauty and diversity, abject poverty and opulent wealth live right next door to each other sometimes. Or maybe he just doesn’t remember as well, but any point, it’s hit or miss as to how much you want to keep reading.

I do respect Mathabane for his perseverance and determination to improve his future. Free Press October Length: I liked Mathabane’s story overall, but parts of it seemed way too good to be true; somehow. 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.


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

Like studying the Holocaust, this is a vital part of learning history, and understanding the dangers of oppressive regimes in any period. Sep 30, Liz rated it it was amazing.

Add to Cart Add to Cart. All I could think of at the end of the book was about how much I wondered h I picked this book off of the free shelf at the library and got exactly what I expected: Mark later joined the High-School tennis team and started to play in tournaments organized by the school where he was then noticed by the University of Southern California. But worse, is the shallow treatment he gives the other people in his life, they only feature to raise him up.

Lists with This Book. You feel like you’re going through life with Mark Johannes. But while I felt for Johannes, and empathized with his plight; mwthabane third portion of “Kaffir Boy” struck me as more of a list of his achievements, than anything else; and that’s where the story started to go a little downhill for me. But I get his point and agree in theory.

Mark is also inspiring in his ability to strive for something b Kaffir Boy provided me with a much needed education about apartheid. With the introduction to tennis by kindly white men, Mark began to believe that he might have a future in America. I had no idea what went on during that era and sadly some of what went on then, is probably still happening now. I hope his story can inspire other similarly enslaved to fight and that it can inspire the rest of us to help educated folks about what goes on everyday in many parts of the world.

I think everyone should read it. Feb 07, Michael rated it really liked it Recommends it for:

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