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This essay is a multicultural book-report It includes page number references The book takes place in South Africa during World War II and apartheid The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay is an amazing display of apartheid in South Africa during World War II The story follows Peekay a young white boy as he travels from a boarding school full of children who support Hitler to a home with a Christian mother to copper mines in Northern Rhodesia all the while being surrounded by bigotry and racism This is an incredible glimpse at the horrors that prejudice can bring shown through the eyes of a boy becoming an adult in a racially discriminating society The story begins as Peekay suffers through boarding school with older boys who torment and tease him because he speaks English and they speak Afrikaans p 6 When he is returning home on the train he meets a man who introduces him to boxing and Peekays life begins to form around this sport p 68 When he reaches home he meets a funny man named Professor von Vollensteen who he befriends p 143 The two become inseparable and when the professor is sent to prison during the war because he is German Peekay visits him nearly every day p 181 At the prison Peekay joins the boxing team and becomes a very skilled boxer p 194 When he becomes a teenager he receives a scholarship to a well-respected boarding school and joins the boxing team here turning it from the worst in the league to the best in the league p 349 Throughout his whole childhood Peekay never loses a single fight believing that if he loses one he will never be welterweight champion of the world his goal p 357 When he graduates from boarding school he decides to travel to the copper mines in Northern Rhodesia leaving behind the people and life he has known forever p 474
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