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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. Like every other child born mari the amrk of apartheid, he learned to measure his life in days, not years. 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.
This extraordinary memoir of life under apartheid is a triumph of the human spirit over hatred and unspeakable degradation. Kafir Mark Mathabane did what no physically and psychologically battered “Kaffir” from the rat-infested alleys of Alexandra was supposed to do — he escaped to tell about it.
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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. 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.
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Lists with This Book. Sep 30, Liz rated it it was amazing. Wow-this is an eye opening book. I had no idea what went on during that era and sadly some of what went on then, is probably still happening now. After reading it, I’m not sure why anyone would want to ban it. I think everyone should read it. View all 4 comments. Aug 08, Natalie rated it it was ok.
It is always hard to write a fair review about markk book where you’ve fallen out with the protagonist, who, by the end of the book, I found mildly irritating and preachy. I am in two minds about this book which on the one hand I akffir insightful and revealing, but on the other, tediously introspective and lacking in realism. That’s not to say that I don’t buy into the representation of SA that Mathabane puts forward, it is simply that the book is written, intentionally or otherwise, in a childish m It is always hard to write a fair review about a book where you’ve fallen out with the protagonist, who, by the end of the book, I found mildly irritating and preachy.
That’s not to say that I don’t buy into the representation of SA that Mathabane puts forward, it is simply that the book is written, intentionally or otherwise, in a childish manner, by which I mean that Mathabane focuses solely on his subjective experience of everything, regardless of whether or not the reader would be interested in hearing about the feelings of those around him.
For example, Mathabane describes his childhood as the eldest son in a family of two boys and five girls, however there is barely any description of times spent together with his siblings or of what his siblings get up to.
Furthermore, there were few descriptions of the surrounding environment. The first half of the book was slightly better in this respect, while Mathabane was a child, but once he becomes a youth and tennis takes by, there is hardly any description at mathaane of his home, despite the fact that it was now become occupied with seven children!
Mathabane’s lack of attention to descriptive details is however not reflected in his descriptions of maffir, which he appears to recall word for word, paragraph after paragraph. This made me slightly suspicious about the veracity of what he claims people said as I was left with the impression that Mathabane was recalling the conversations in a way that he wanted to remember them, rather than necessarily being a true summary of what was said.
I felt this in particular when he described conversations with his mother. There maark no doubting at all that a book like this is so important in teaching us about the harsh reality of life in SA townships, and one cannot help but admire Mathabane’s strength and determination in escaping this way of life. But, over 20 years later, mathabxne, I can’t help wondering what the book achieved, given that life in Alex and many townships in SA has hardly moved on since.
Apr 21, Kara rated it it was amazing. Although the black society in South Africa was an underdog to the White society, Mathabane expresses the hope and devotion black South Africans had in such a crucial time period.
Maghabane and devotion keeps the black South African society from not completely falling apart and giving up against the over ruling white society. Such marrk as education and employment is a daily struggle for mathabame and without hope and devotion their black society would earn no rights. In his autobiography, Mathabane explains the devotion his mother has for Mathabane to be educated, and the struggles she had to go through.
In the process in getting Mathabanes education, however, his mother goes through a series of struggles with only hope to drive her to stay devoted. Repeatedly, his mother and Mathabane had to wait in hour-long lines to only be rejected for forms necessary for schooling. All we need are papers for my son. Please tell him I desperately need the papers for my son. Which in conclusion of this autobiography, Mathabane gets a education growing up to not only be top of his class, but even moves on to college out of South Africa.
Hope and devotion are important qualities black South Africans had to have in this time to mar. Mark Mathabane shows the struggle his society went through and without these qualities you would be matgabane in the crowd. Without hope and devotion not only would Mathabane lives be changed, but the black South African society as a whole This is a stark autobiography of a young boy growing up in a ghetto in apartheid South Africa in the s and 70s.
The narrative vividly describes apartheid and the unbearable conditions its mathabanne inflicted on blacks: 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.
She had the vision that education was the only way for her children to improve their circumstances, and she did everything in her power to get them into school and keep them there.
Even though she was herself uneducated, had extremely limited financial resources, seven children to care for and feed, and a violent husband who drank and gambled his small wages away, education was always her priority. Feb 15, Pamela rated it liked it. I picked this book off of the free shelf at the library and got exactly what I expected: An introspective look into black life during apartheid.
While interesting, if you know anything about apartheid, the information will not come as a surprise. Matnabane uplifting to think that this man made it out so well, but I wish he would have added a postscript at the end, letting us know about mathabne happened to the rest of his family. 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: All I could think of at the end of the book was about how much I wondered how the others fared.
It’s inspirational to mathbane how he worked so hard to get out of his position. It’s mathagane strong message of hope to any one stuck in a bad situation, that education can lift you up.
As far as his writing style though, it was hard to get into at times. Sometimes he gets personal and writes as if he were mqthabane a story, other times matnabane writes as if for a textbook. So at times it’s dry, others, very emotionally involved. Maybe the textbook areas are the points he is uncomfortable sharing? 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. Overall, I’m glad I picked it up. It was an interesting read, and I’ll be putting it back mwrk on that shelf for some one else to read.
Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography
Jan 19, Joanna rated it it was amazing. This book is one of my favorites. I fell in love with Mark Mathabane; Marm fell in love with his resilience, his strength, his continuous belief in himself as a black man, and his struggle against the disgusting system of Apartheid in South Africa.
Throughout the book, Mark refuses to believe what the white man affirms of him. On the contrary, he believes in his intelligence and his mxthabane, fighting the struggle to improve the lives of Black people.
I could not put the book down. Even with his ju This book is one of my favorites. Even with his justified anger, frustration, and hate, Mark fought the struggle with a positive mindset and chose to keep his dreams alive. This book is marrk, inspiring, sad and incredible on all levels. This book gives a good description of the horrific system and its policy meant to create a “white South Africa.
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Mark is inspiring as a black man, an African, and a human being. Jun 18, Joy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I usually don’t read many biographies but after reading only a few pages, I was hooked. I ended up reading the whole novel in one sitting, and it was completely worth it.
I can’t even begin to understand the challenges for people living in Apartheid South Africa. However, this autobiography really set the stage for helping the reader start the grasp the significance and solemnity of this period of time. Mark Mathabane is a truly powerful figure. It was really inspiring how big he dreamed and pushe I usually don’t read many biographies but after reading only a few pages, I was hooked.
It was really inspiring how big he dreamed and pushed given his oppressive environment. I loved reading about the process he took to become a recognized academic and tennis player. A huge eye opener. I recommend this autobiography to anyone who has even the slightest interest in learning about history and understanding some of the harsh realities people have to face.
View all 3 comments. Sep 08, Thomas Armstrong rated it really liked it. I’m going to South Africa next week and so I’m preparing myself with a variety of ”you must read” books about the country.