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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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. As things heat up in the boxing ring, Peekay must also dodge jabs that life is throwing his way, courtehay from his African homeland. As an author myself I’m always very impressed with the research Bryce does for each of his books.

Courtenay was rushing to tell all the many threads of a story too quickly. Because this book wraps up in the 60s, it shines the barest glimmer of hope down the tunnel of time.

Tandia by Bryce Courtenay

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. He spends the last half of the book complete I was very much enjoying this book until Peekay returns to South Africa and Tandia whom the book is named for is relegated to a secondary role.

The Power of One focuses on a white South African during the Apartheid years and this book follows a girl of mixed race Indian and Black.

Tandia First edition cover.

Tandia (Africa #2), by Bryce Courtenay

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.


First of all, Bryce Courtenay was one of my favorite authors and I was saddened to hear of his passing a few months ago. 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 who frequent the establishment. Reading it, I can see why the oppressed would turn to fear and hate and who would not?

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What was the point in climbing the rock face to get to doc, or even leaving tandia for that matter? Inasmuch, I really wanted to follow up on what happened to Peekay. 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.

It tarnished my memory of Peekay. Many years ago while on vacation I had asked several of my fellow travelers their favorite books. Wow, was I wrong! It’s a long one. Overall ths book left me feeling unsatisfied. Tandia’s painful childhood and teenage years rival those of Peekay.

Immediately you bbryce affronted by the brutality of her rape and the ongoing complicit behaviour an This is undoubtedly one courtsnay my favourite novels. While Peekay and Hymie Morrie in the American version go to Britain to read law at Oxford University, they want to conquer the world boxing field, Peekay as world welterweight champion and Hymie as Peekay’s manager.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Shantytowns and oppression populate every corner of the city, though the people rally behind their love of boxing. And yet, the economic disparity now is such that the poor live like slaves. In Tandia, apartheid is a main character with its ruthless brutality front and center.

The Power Of One / Tandia

I loved The Power of One and really looked forward to reading Tandia. Feb 11, Kristi added it Shelves: Not only does he gives the reader vivid descriptions about his characters, and the historical information that corutenay to the story about Tandia during the apartheid years in South Africa.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. See all 7 questions about Tandia…. The book has a much darker slant than its prequel, which is refreshing in some ways; as the prequel was at times too good to be true.


Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. 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 who frequent the establishment.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. She felt very real and was very compelling at the beginning, but as the book go I loved The Power of One and really looked forward to reading Tandia.

Unlike its prequel, The Power of One -one of my favorite books of all time – be prepared for a heaviness of heart for pages. Courtenay inundates the reader with names and characteristics, which may cause some to stumble or require crib notes, but, rest assured, it is well tandla the temporary confusion.

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.

I loved to be a witness of the man Peekay would become and how he defied the system and saved Tsndia, another lost soul in South Africa. As so often happens in war and injustice, the entire apartheid regime was justified as some perverted form of gods will. Read both of these stories and enjoy storytelling and life lessons as you never have before. This is the sequel to my favorite novel ever so while it could never compare, it’s still not bad.