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 book is emotional, inspiring, sad and incredible on all levels.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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. The book is inspiring and tells the story of how Mark fought racism to get where he ended up. Jun 18, Joy rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you do not know anything about the subject, this book will serve as a complete eye-opener and education on what the average young family had to go through in Africa in a painful history that did not happen very long ago.

It’s 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 what happened to the rest of his family. 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.

It was only abolished in – the year I was born!! I picked this book off of the free shelf at the library and got exactly what I expected: Too often it is easy to get desensitized to these things and Kaffir Boy did an excellent job provoking me.

Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography

Feb 17, Chana rated it really liked it Shelves: Without hope and devotion not only would Mathabane lives be changed, but the black South African society as a whole Seems counter-productive to me. What of those who didn’t get out? 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.


Instead of a becoming a ghetto gangster, an option he considers as he also considers suicide, he becomes a top student and takes up tennis.

Kaffir Boy

What I took away from reading this book: So, back to Mark, deciding to use his brain and sports skills led him to follow his dream to get the hell out of South Africa and come to America and to go to college and play tennis.

Mathabane writes eloquently about his growing up in the midst of poverty, violence, disease, conflict, a 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. Which seems entirely unlikely, given that as a young teenager he was involved in a violent gang, a point he neglects to discuss until it becomes an obstacle to his mmark.

At your property and burn it.

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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. 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.

The b This book is beautiful in its tragic solemnity, in some ways a breed apart from other books written on the subject.

Mathagane Boy was difficult msthabane read and made me ashamed of fellow humans. And to some extent that was true, but mostly this book just felt disingenuous and frustrating. Mathabane describes in his book. I had never herd about apartheid until I read this book and realized what had kafcir in South Africa years ago.

All I could think of at the end of the book was about how much Mathbane wondered h I picked this book off of the free shelf at the library and got exactly what I expected: Maybe its the fact that this is my second time reading the book or maybe its the fact that I read it all in one overnight sitting, but this book just didn’t sit with me as well as I expected it to.


I suspect that the first time around I would have given it 3 stars. Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love.

Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography by Mark Mathabane

However, the third and final portion Passport to Freedom – although ending on a bittersweet note, seemed like a big stretch, considering the life Johannes started out living. His parents escape and leave the kids alone otherwise risk being locked upand Mark is left to deal mathabanr the harassment of the police on his own. Mark happens to be extremely intelligent and hard-working.

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. Hope and devotion are important qualities black South Africans had to have in this time to succeed. At one point he wants to join the “Freedom Fighters”.

It is technically illegal for Mark to play there, but the law is ignored and he becomes comfortable with whites. He learns English from these books, and begins to play tennis frequently, eventually befriending a coloured tennis player who trains him. View all 4 comments. He found an immense love for the ‘white man’s sport’ of tennis: Killing gangs, youth prostitution, and lack of clean water, food There is no reason to forget the horrible atrocities of apartheid, and this book bo will open your eyes to a society that is indifferent to differences and creates second class citizens in their own homeland.