Read and Discuss"The Power of One"-Bryce Courtenay

  • July 2, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Saint Francis Hospital-(In the Ridge Room 1)

Had a great time at last meeting. Join us please in the Ridge Room. Please bring a book if you can to swap. Here is a little about our pick for June.


“The Power of One has everything: suspense, the exotic, violence; mysticism, psychology and magic; schoolboy adventures, drama.”
–The New York Times

“Unabashedly uplifting . . . asserts forcefully what all of us would like to believe: that the individual, armed with the spirit of independence–‘the power of one’–can prevail.”
–Cleveland Plain Dealer

In 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, the seeds of apartheid take root in South Africa. There, a boy called Peekay is born. His childhood is marked by humiliation and abandonment, yet he vows to survive and conceives heroic dreams–which are nothing compared to what life actually has in store for him. He embarks on an epic journey through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice where he will learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the power of one.

“Totally engrossing . . . [presents] the metamorphosis of a most remarkable young man and the almost spiritual influence he has on others . . . Peekay has both humor and a refreshingly earthy touch, and his adventures, at times, are hair-raising in their suspense.”
–Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Marvelous . . . It is the people of the sun-baked plains of Africa who tug at the heartstrings in this book. . . . [Bryce] Courtenay draws them all with a fierce and violent love.”
–The Washington Post Book World


“A compelling tale.”
–The Christian Science Monitor Show more

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Ladies, I am not going to be able to make it. I moved this weekend and head out for vacation this week and need to get my apartment put in some sort of order.
    Hopefully I can make the next one.

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful -- I will definitely be there!

    June 13, 2013

  • Krissy

    So far this is a really good book. Enjoying it but don't want to rush thru to finish.

    May 27, 2013

  • Krissy

    I sent you a message Jen..

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am still reading too, so I would be up for an extension

    May 27, 2013

  • Krissy

    Would you guys like an extension or have you finished the book? I am still reading.

    May 26, 2013

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