Kaffir Boy

Kaffir Boy

The True Story of A Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa

Book - 1986
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When first published 20 years ago, Kaffir Boy changed the way the West understood South Africa. As powerful today as when it was first written, Mathabane's remarkable story of life under apartheid is told with brutal honesty and gives the reader a rare glimpse, behind the protests and boycotts, of the daily fear and hunger which was so devastating to the soul. Often compared to Richard Wright's Black Boy, Kaffir Boy is a memoir of growing up in a world where poverty, hopelessness and desperation are constant companions.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan, c1986
ISBN: 9780684848280
Branch Call Number: B Matha-, bane, Mark
Characteristics: 354 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Dec 16, 2018

Classic true story of coming of age in Apartheid-era South Africa. Mathabane eventually got out through a tennis scholarship to America. He wrote another book called "Kaffir Boy in America." For a more contemporary treatment of similar material, there's Daily Show host Trevor Noah's "Born a Crime."

May 24, 2006

An eye-opening account of the horrors faced by Mathabane and his family while he was growing up in the most desperate ghetto in South Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. Only through the encouragement and hard work of his mother and grandmother was he able to finish school and overcome the odds placed before him. Those needing graphic confirmation of the harrowing experience of growing up poor and black in apartheid South Africa will find it in Mathabane's autobiography.


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