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By Njari Gitonga THE POWER OF ONE The Book Power of One by Bryce Courtenary is based in South Africa It is about a young English boy who is trying to battle his way to the top in a world that seems to have no place for him His quench to be the welterweight champion of the world in boxing propels him to great deeds It portrays the power that slowly blooms from inside of a lonely but ambitious heart seeking recognition He ends up beginning a string of superstition amongst different African tribes which consider him a god The movie is scripted by Robert Mark Kamen Rocky Karate Kid and directed by John G Avildsen It features Steven Dorff as PK Morgan Freeman as Geel Peit and John Gielgud amongst others Here is a critical view comparing the book and the movies strong and weak points CONTRAST a Characters Peekay In the book we never get to know his real name Its interesting how he sails through his high school using just this one name In the beginning of the story he acts as the narrator and never gets to tell us his name He talks of all the different names that his hateful schoolmates called him Most of these names like pisskop and Roineck were brought about by the fact that he was an English boy who had imposed great pain to the Afrikaners Afrikaners were of German descent and had run to South Africa trying to hide from the wrath of the British and allies in the Second World War It is during a brief episode with a man that implanted his great urge to box that the name Peekay pops up The movie tells us from the beginning of the name PK as initials to the name his mother gave him after his father Peter Phillip Kenneth Keith Doc In the book Bryce Courtenary brings him out as a
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