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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Although the black society in South Africa was an underdog to the White society, Mathabane expresses the hope and devotion black South Africans had in such a crucial time period.

So at times it’s dry, others, very emotionally involved. 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. But I had to do something to fight back; I had to find ways of akffir the deaths kffir hundreds of innocent black children; I had to find ways of dealing with the anger and hate consuming me day by day.

Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography

Like every other child born in the hopelessness of apartheid, he learned to measure his life in days, not years. I thought that Kaffir boy was an eye-opening book as well. Tribal men can get passes to work in Alexandra and live in dorms of men leaving their families behind to see them a couple times of year, but families are not given the passes and so come illegally.

It engages the students with a period in history many of them have only vaguely heard about, but which engaged my generation with a sense of international responsibility. Mark happens to be extremely intelligent and hard-working. An important refresher on some of the events and atrocities of apartheid. Mark was later enrolled into school after his family made enough money from selling beer. This page was last edited on 29 Octoberat This is an amazing story of courage. This extraordinary memoir of life under apartheid is a triumph of the human spirit over hatred and unspeakable degradation.


There is no doubting at all that a book like this is so important in teaching us about the harsh reality of life in SA townships, and one cannot help but admire Mathabane’s strength and determination in escaping this way of life.

An introspective look into black life during apartheid. Yet Mark Mathabane, armed only with the courage of his family and a hard-won education, raised himself up from the squalor and humiliation to win a scholarship to an American university. Furthermore, there were few descriptions of the surrounding environment.

The coach writes to colleges on his behalf and Mathabane earns a tennis scholarship to Limestone College and leaves for the U. I could not put the book down. The author does a good job of including important incidents that help you get inside his everyday life. Reflecting on how self centered I am.

Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography by Mark Mathabane

I am in two minds about this book which on the one hand I found insightful and revealing, but on the other, tediously introspective and lacking kavfir realism. He was always intrigued by America despite not knowing certain things about America, which I found deeply interesting because the nation presented itself as one free from the apartheid he had grown up knowing: Mathabane describes his early years in minute detail, and also recounts conversations as if they were recorded, and these affectations cause me I wanted to like this book, but that’s a mathaabane order.

At one point he wants to join the “Freedom Fighters”. New York, New York: Apr 17, Perry Nathanson rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 17, Chana rated it really liked it Shelves: Eventually renowned tennis player Stan Smith takes Mathabane under his wing when the two meet at a tournament.


The struggles that he went through made him want to push harder, try harder and be the best person that he could be. He established a foundation to provide books and other matbabane items for poor black children in South Africa.

I do respect Mathabane for his perseverance and determination to improve his future. When he is talking to a group of whites at the tennis club at the urging of a liberal white, he is asked, quite reasonably I think, “But why do you burn own schools and clinics, and kill your own people?

Even his first day at school seems to be a story of ineffective authority resorting to violence to keep order against the tide of overcrowding and ignorance that it faces.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is technically illegal for Mark to play there, but the law is ignored and he becomes comfortable with whites.

The first two parts of the book which describe his childhood and school years are quite enjoyable. I don’t think you can read about South Africa and its historical battles without reading this book.

I even played tennis in the same places Mark Mathabane did without realizing the history. There’s room for everyone in this beloved country.

marj Free eBook kafifr available to NEW subscribers only. But, Mark’s mother fought her husband to pay for at least a few of her children to attend school. Eventually he started playing in tournaments where he met Stan Smith, a famous American tennis player whose coach at USC helped Johannes get a tennis scholarship to attend a college in South Carolina. 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.