Half-African, half-Indian and beautiful, Tandia is just a teenager when she is brutally attacked and violated by the South African police. Tandia sat waiting anxiously for the fight to begin between the man she loved the most and the man she hated the most in the is a child of all Africa. Buy Tandia by Bryce Courtenay from Waterstones today! Click and Collect from your local Waterstones or get FREE UK delivery on orders over £

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Tandia clurtenay a child of Africa: Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement, where she Tandia sat waiting anxiously for the fight to begin between the man she loved the most in the world and the man she hated the most in the world.

Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement, where she trains as a terrorist. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.


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In this book he is called Hymie. Did anyone else have this happen? Maybe I had an old version of The Power of One?

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Lists with This Book. May 31, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: The sequel to his extremely popular The Power of Onethis novel seeks to look at South African political and social transformation regression? When she is tossed from her home, Brycd takes matters into tandiq own hands, landing up in trouble with the law and facing the man who violated her not long ago. Police officer Jannie Geldenhuis holds his power over her and, with nowhere else to go, Tandia is stuck signing a false statement of facts to save her life.

When they arrive at one of the local brothels, Geldenhuis demands that she remain here, under the watchful eye of Mama Tequila, and report back on all the clientele courtnay frequent the establishment. With the Immorality Act courtenau a strict law prohibiting sexual relations between the races—in full effect alongside other pieces of the larger apartheid system, Tandia is sure to have a long list of those who wish to cover themselves in a veil of secrecy.

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Meanwhile, Peekay, young protagonist from The Power of One, is now at Oxford, reading law and honing his boxing career. He befriends a young sculptor who seeks to explore him through her artistic lens, but this forces Peekay to explore more of himself and his interactions with others.

As things heat up in the boxing ring, Peekay must also dodge jabs that life is throwing his way, away from his African homeland. When Mama Tequila sets off with Tandia during a brothel holiday, they encounter the big city of Johannesburg, where racial segregation is in full-swing in the apartheid-fuelled way of life.

Shantytowns and oppression populate every corner of the city, though the people rally behind their love of boxing. Tandia hears stories of many men who entered the ring and fought, transforming themselves from lowly black men to heroes for the entire community. Bryde such boy, the Tadpole Angel, is white, but appears to have the love of all the people, as he is happy not to look at the colour of your skin, but the person inside.


With Geldenhuis also on the boxing scene, Tandia is terrified that she will see him again, his ruthless ways leaving scars deeper than the ones he has delivered to her skin. Brtce his boxing career going exceedingly well, Peekay returns to South Africa to open a legal practice, only to butt heads with some of the closed-minded police officers, including Geldenhuis. Tandia grows closer to Peekay, though the Immorality Act makes any future between them all but impossible.

With race relations reaching a fevered pitch and Peekay heading up a legal challenge to courtebay core of the apartheid system, something will have to give, while the world looks on. Brilliant in its literary delivery, Courtenay pulls the reader in and leaves them wanting so much more, while some will surely remain disgusted by the nryce treatment by the Afrikaner population. Those new to Bryce Courtenay will likely find the author to be one they either love or cannot stomach.

The novel combines well-developed characters with a plot that is rich with detail and shakes the reader to the core as the political events and police implementation come to life on the page. Some may find his writing to be both excessive and too much to digest in a single novel or both this and the previous novelbut it is this that makes the books even more enjoyable. Courtenay uses an interesting formula in his writing, which the attentive reader will discover as they meander throughout his novels, this one being no exception.

There are scores of characters who cross the pages, each serving to develop their own backstory and to offer a slice of character revelation for Tandia, as well as further enriching atndia Peekay, now that he has reached adulthood.

Courtenay inundates the reader with names and characteristics, which may cause some to stumble or require crib notes, but, rest assured, it is well worth the temporary confusion. Courtenay does a sensational job describing these fights in detail, such that they reader boxing fan or not is on the edge of their seat as the match progresses on the page.

One can only imagine the strife in which South Africa found itself in the s and 60s, with the apartheid momentum gaining and the deprivation of the non-white population reaching its zenith. The Afrikaner population is armed and ready to exact their power at any cost.

While I do not condone this whatsoever, I have always been very interested in the apartheid mentality and how the Afrikaners justified it to the world. Courtenay offers up a front row seat to the reader, hoping they will better understand what went on.

True, his books are long and tangential, but, like a well-paced journey, they permit the reader to gather many wonderful nuggets of information from page to page. While Courtenay turned away from writing about his homeland after this piece, there are many other novels which turn their focus to his adopted country of Australia.

I will be sure to revisit them in time, allowing myself to get lost in the magical style that Courtenay has, paired with his audiobook reader, Humphrey Bower. Two fantastic men who are at the top of their games! Courtenay, for such a stupendous piece. Re-reading this book has solidified why I have come to call you one of my favourite authors of all times.

An ever-growing collection of others appears at: View all 8 comments. Jul 23, Marissa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: OK, I finished the book about 2 weeks ago and my heart is still broken.

I can’t even pick up and really get into another book I have tried everyday, so far It was an amazing book that I am still trying to come to terms with and am still thinking about, now. In fairness, Courtenay did have some repetative notions about Hate and Power that were a little cumbersome in Tandia, that were not so obviously awkward in The Power of One I felt he struggled with Tandia, much more tha OK, I finished the book about 2 weeks ago and my heart is still broken.


I felt he struggled with Tandia, much more than The Power of One. Righly so, I think, I’ve always wondered how someone could write a sequel to it At least I know it wasn’t easy for him to do what he did- read it and maybe you’ll understand my sense of betrayal as a reader mixed with the acknowledgement of his absolute power as an author.

I could not put the book down, nor do I think any less of the writer Odd how that happens. It’s absorbing and Bryce Courtenay has a way of making me feel like I can taste the dust of South Africa. He makes characters that are real- riddled with human frailties or flaws and yet so utterly familiar that I cry with them and wince with them through their journey.

Apr 10, Jim Blankenship rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First of all, Bryce Courtenay was one of my favorite authors and I was saddened to hear of his passing a few months ago.

The first book of his I read was The Power Of One and it went directly to the top of my all time favorites list. As readers, we followed the life of PeeKay and watched him overcome huge obstacles in his difficult life because of his courage and strength of character.

It was a wonderfully told story that I caught myself thin Spoiler Alert! It was a wonderfully told story that I caught myself thinking about months after I had finished the book. Then I read Tandia, and was shocked to find out that PeeKay turns out to be a coward in the end. I really had much higher expectations for him as an adult and I think Doc and Giel Peet would be rolling over in their graves because when the real pressure was on, he failed miserably.

He sent his true love, Tandia, a nearly exhausted city girl with no experience in the type of terrain they were traveling in, to find an obscure village. He then tries, unsuccessfully, to lead his archenemy, Geldenhuis on a wild-goose chase using all of his remaining strength to try and slither his way into the cave where Doc was buried so he could meekly lay down and die next to him.

He knew this terrain like the back of his hand and Geldenhuis was completely unfamiliar with the altitude and the terrain. The real PeeKay could have ambushed him several times because of this, but the cowardly PeeKay was content, no, obsessed with running and hiding. The real PeeKay would have gone with Tandia and continued to fight apartheid and injustice.

He would have loved Tandia honestly and openly and raised their child to become a future leader. Can you imagine what a powerful team they would have been if she had met and fell in love with the real PeeKay? View all 4 comments. Apartheid It was a time when it was better to be born a white man’s dog rather than a black human.

Tandia illustrated what the non-whites in South Africa suffered, and brutally so. Reading it, I can see why the oppressed would turn to fear and hate and who would not? Yet the books also showed me why the oppressors did so. The white people honestly believed that they were decent, God-fearing, law-abiding people.

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