Kaffir Boy in America is the sequel to Mark Mathabane's extraordinary autobiography, Kaffir Boy. The story begins with Mathabane's escape from South Africa to the United States, and recounts his coming of age in a country overwhelming in its immensity, luxuriousness, poverty, and despair. From his early college days when he first discovered the great black American writers, to his emergence as the voice of a new generation, from his reflections on America's racial and social injustice to his celebration of its basic freedoms, Kaffir Boy in America is a moving saga of hardship and determination, insight and inspiration, informed, above all, by Mark Mathabane's compassion for his fellow man.
"A triumphant and inspirational book with profound insights about race relations, perseverance and the complexity of the 'American Dream.'" --San Francisco Chronicle
"An inspiring story...The glitz of America hasn't made Mark Mathabane forget that the struggle to free his homeland is still his struggle--and ours." --Chicago Sun-Times
"Relentless, open-ended, cautionary and quietly splendid." --Cleveland Plain Dealer
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"... moving saga of hardship and determination, insight and inspiration..." Autobiography of an African man and his escape to the United States.From Library Journal:
This is a sequel to Kaffir Boy ( LJ 4/15/86), a best-selling account of Mathabane's youth in a black township in South Africa. It deals with his life in America as a student, writer, and outspoken opponent of apartheid. Like many sequels, this one lacks the power of the original. Kaffir Boy vividly details the horrors of growing up black in a society premised on radical racial discrimination; its wrenching story virtually grabs the reader by the throat. The sequel, in which the author describes both his trials and successes in coping with and ultimately taking advantage of American mobility, pales in comparison. Still, this work does nicely describe the author's ambivalence toward the United States--both America's lure and its continuing racial problems. Generally well written, it is appropriate for most academic and public libraries.
- Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
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Book Description Free Press, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0020345305
Book Description Free Press, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110020345305