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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Written with courage and conviction, Mark Mathbane's reveals the extraordinary memoir of growing up in a world under apartheid. B & W photo insert. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan, c1986.
ISBN: 9780025818002
Characteristics: xii, 354 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,25 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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