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Kaffir boy : the true story of a Black youth's coming of age in Apartheid South
Mathabane, Mark.
Adult Nonfiction DT779.95.M38 A34 1986

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this powerful account of growing up black in South Africa, a young writer makes us feel intensely the horrors of apartheid. Living illegally in a shanty outside Johannesburg, Johannes (renamed Mark) Mathabane and his illiterate family endured the heartbreak and hopelessness of poverty and the violence of sadistic police and marauding gangs. He describes his drunken father's attempts to inculcate his tribal beliefs and to prevent his son from getting an educationthe one means by which he might escape from the ghetto. Encouraged by his determined mother and grandmother, Mathabane taught himself to read English and play tennis, and, through the assistance of U.S. tennis star Stan Smith and his own efforts and intelligence, obtained a tennis scholarship from a South Carolina college in 1978. Now he is a freelance writer in New York. In the course of relating his inspiring story, he explains the anger and hate that his country's blacks feel toward white people and the inevitability of their rebellion against the Afrikaner government. Photos not seen by PW. (April 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Born in the township of Alexandra in 1960, the author of this memoir experienced hunger, crime, and most of the unpleasant features of ghetto lifevividly recalled hereduring his formative years. His mother and grandmother worked hard to enable him to finish school; others, including U.S. tennis star Stan Smith, encouraged him as a tennis player despite the obstacles posed by a segregated society. The narrative ends in 1978, as Mathabane takes up a U.S. tennis scholarship. Particularly for area collections and large sports collections, but of potential interest to a wide range of readers, including YAs. (Illustrations not seen.) Elizabeth A. Widenmann, Columbia Univ. Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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