I don't know that any of my friends have ever read this book, and it seems, in retrospect, an unlikely choice for me. It is called The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. It is about a young white boy in Africa who was raised by a black grandmother, a member of one of the native tribes. He walks between two worlds. His dream is to become a boxer, and he faces terrible hardships, even at school, while trying to realize his dream.
The writing was captivating. Beautifully expressed ideas were spread throughout the novel like gems. And the characters were remarkable and memorable.
My favorite quote: "Winning is a state of mind that embraces everything you do." The book looks to what it takes to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve one's deepest wish. I could not put it down.
I thought this book was a work of art.