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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After reading a history of apartheid, this book gave it a human perspective for me. Mark was later enrolled into school after his family made enough money mar selling beer. I think the although Mark’s story is inspiring, I also think he was very lucky.

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Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography

What was that about? But, Mark’s mother fought her husband to pay for at least a few of her children to attend school. I had mathabanr herd about apartheid until I read this book and realized what had happened in South Africa years ago. I’m certainly not condemning him or his decision to publish what is a very effective anti-Apartheid book, but as a character he’s jark not too compelling.

And to some extent that was true, but mostly this book just felt disingenuous and frustrating.

This page was last edited on 29 Octoberat 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 Limestone college.


The great majority of this brutality is committed black against black, but the whole system was set up and orchestrated by the former white founders and leaders and the then current government of apartheid South Africa.

Mark is also inspiring in his ability to strive for something b Kaffir Boy provided me with a much needed education about apartheid.

Kind of a strange pairing. 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. There is an auspicious lack of character development in this book, as he portrays himself exactly the same from the ages of 5 through I lived and went to school barely 5 minutes away from the Alexandra township, but knew absolutely nothing about life there until I read this book.

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Mark Mathabane is a truly powerful figure. The third part describing his tennis career and pursuit of a scholarship in America is less so.

I would have done the exact same thing as Mark given the situation, but the last section reads like more of a defense of the decision rather then an examination of it. He was very smart and got a scholarship to high school so he got his education. He established a foundation to provide books and other necessary items for poor black children in South Africa. Jul 30, Garrett Zecker rated it really liked it.

Kaffir Boy

For Mark Mathabane did what no physically and psychologically battered “Kaffir” from the rat-infested alleys of Alexandra was supposed to do — jathabane escaped to tell about it. Doesn’t sound much different than what Mr. The fact that such a crazy, cruel system existed is one thing – but that it was only abolished 21 years ago is mind-blowing.


An introspective look into black life during apartheid.

In his autobiography, Mathabane explains the devotion his mother has for Mathabane to be educated, and the struggles she had to go through. Eventually renowned tennis player Stan Smith takes Mathabane under his wing when the two meet at a tournament. It was really inspiring how big he dreamed and pushed given his oppressive environment. 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.

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So at times it’s dry, others, very emotionally involved. He found an immense love for the ‘white man’s sport’ of tennis: Here is the firsthand account of a young boy who comes of age in the slums of Alexandra, apartheid South Africa, during the s, during an era when the brutality of apartheid was not yet acknowledged. What I took away from reading this book: