The Power of One

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, 3/5

After an unpromising start (mostly consisting of a five-year-old boy thinking about his penis), this book presented a fairly interesting middle section before fizzling out with an anti-climatic, disappointingly shallow ending.  Music played a large part in the story, so it was annoying that Courtenay didn’t bother to to have a knowledgeable proof-reader fix some of the blatantly incorrect, laughably ignorant things he wrote on the topic.  This lack of skill made me doubt his credibility on other aspects of the story, such as boxing and South African history/politics.  I could see some people enjoying the book, but I found it off-putting and ultimately, disappointing.


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