The Power of One is “a true classic,” as my dad has told me multiple times (this being from the man who reads roughly two novels a week, if not more). I have to admit that I am in the middle of the very long novel right now (page 301 to be exact). So I will not be able to tell you all the juicy details, because obviously I haven’t read them all yet. But what I can do is tell you the interesting, nail biting, and heart felt parts that I have read so far.
Let’s start with a quick little back ground for you!
Setting: South Africa during the Second World War. There is constant conflict between many different cultures and groups of people that make up South Africa. These groups are the Afrikaners (white people who have sided with Adolf Hitler in the war), the Boers (who are white British people that are greatly hated by Afrikaners and vice versa), and there multiple African Tribes included as well; Zulu, Swazi, Ndebele, Sotho, and Shangaan.
Characters: Peekay the main character, a five year old boy that we (as readers) get to follow along as he grows and matures. He is highly intelligent (speaking more than 4 languages, and is three grades past his age level), he is very curious, and will try something new whenever the chance is given. For example, he has met many friends (most of them being inspiring adults, who teach him life skills and useful information that seem to come in handy quite often). I have loved getting to know the little boy and going through the major events and tragedies of his childhood.
Events: Peekay’s first boxing tournament is truly a nail bitter, I remember being on the edge of my seat. The main theme of the boxing aspect of this novel is using your head before involving your emotions, self-control, and appropriate confidence.
Another is when Peekay befriends a chicken (Grandpa Chook) his only friend while away at boarding school. He plays with him, teaches him tricks, and talks to him when he becomes lonely. Grandpa Chook is the first name on a long list of Peekay’s interesting friends. Others include; an interesting music professor obsessed with Cacti, an older, very clever librarian, and a prison inmate.
I don’t want to give away too much, but I truly have enjoyed reading this book. I’m going to warn you that the chapters are long, but other than that there are no complaints here. We will have to see if that remains the same when I finish the book, and see what happens to Peekay in the end. My fingers are crossed that it is good wrap up of the story. Personally I hate when books are put together so well, and the ending is just flat and dare I say lame. In other words, I do encourage you to read this book, its long but well worth it (I hope). Happy Reading!