Great story of the zero-to-hero kind which follows a dirt-poor orphan from the backwaters of a tiny South African village to the successes and riches of Johannesburg. (Being South African myself, I can vouch for the basic authenticity of the story.)
This is essentially a revenge tale and has strong themes of retribution and justice in it. The depiction of the very religious and conservative South African townspeople was very well done mostly, and the book provides, albeit sensationalized, a very interesting look at rural South Africa during the height of the apartheid era.
The story is action filled and often humorous. This is a great page-turner and a meaty holiday read. This is not literature folks, but high-order pulp fiction.
The binding and paper on this edition is superb and will survive being passed around to numerous friends and family. The spine is sturdy and the pages flop open easily....Continua