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This book tells the story of a boy named Peekay coming of age in 1930-1950’s South Africa. So, we’ve got major historical things happening – Boer War aftermath, Hitler Germany and WWII, the buddings of Apartheid. And then you have this really small boy going through hell at age 5 in a boarding school and learning at this infant stage in life how to survive.

On the road to becoming a young man he makes many diverse friends and discovers many truths – not the least of which are that loyalty, strength, love and compassion, coupled with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, can all be fused together, creating a power so strong that any worthy goal can and will be achieved.

For me the message that rings out loudest and clearest in this story is how ridiculous racial hatred truly is, and how important it is to stay true to yourself, even when it takes huge courage to do so.