May 9, 2008
The Power of One is the coming-of-age story of a young white boy and the obstacles he faces in South Africa, a country teeming with hatred and racial discrimination. The protagonist, “Peekay,” no stranger to the injustice of racial hatred, learns the most important secret to survival – the power of one.
Courtenay’s book is engrossing as it unravels the metamorphosis of a most remarkable young man and the indelible influence he has on others. Written during a time when man enslaves his fellow man and freedom remains a dream, The Power of One is a captivating story of a young man’s search for the love that ties friends, the passion that bonds lovers and the understanding that it takes only one to change the world. As Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”