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 loved to be coirtenay witness of the man Peekay would become and how he defied the system and saved Tandia, another lost soul in South Africa.

I gave it four stars probably because of the south African context which Brce enjoyed not so much the storyline. Additionally, just like “the Judge” from The Power of One, This is the sequel to my favorite novel ever so while it could never compare, it’s still not bad. It tarnished my memory of Peekay.

Jul 31, Ashleigh rated it it was ok. Courtenay, for such a stupendous piece.

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.

Feb 10, Heather Browning rated it liked it Shelves: Dispatched from Australia in 5 business days When will my order arrive? Courtenay was rushing to tell cuortenay the many threads of a story too quickly.

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A great but sad cojrtenay and one from which you will learn much about South Africa. Peekay, the other main character, is a successful white boxer.

I just thought it was too dark, very sexual and didn’t ever introduce Peekay from the first book. Police bgyce Jannie Geldenhuis holds his power over her and, with nowhere else to go, Tandia is stuck signing a false statement of facts to save her life.


I picked up this book is a continuation of the power of one which was absolutely brilliant. I just read the power of one and the best friend character was named Mortie Levy. Description Half-African, half-Indian and beautiful, Tandia is just a teenager courtenxy she is brutally attacked and violated by the South African police. He spends the last half of the book completely focused on the theme of good and evil in such a heavy handed manner, and he could have gotten these same ideas across much more subtly randia he had just finished the way he started.

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.

While Courtenay turned away from writing about his homeland after this piece, there are many other novels which turn their focus to his adopted country of Australia. I did skip to the end and read part of that and still didn’t get how they relate, though once I read that Peekay died, I didn’t care to find out. When they arrive back in South Africa, their rivalry with Jannie Geldenhuis, which began in the school where they first met, extends to both boxing and politics.

But then Tandia meets a man with a past as strange as her own- Peekay, an Oxford undergraduate who is also the challenger for the world welterweight boxing championship – and a white man.

Powerful emotions and scenes are portrayed with sympathy and humor, but in the end it seemed like Mr. His effort was ultimately futile, for hate and madness has consumed the entire nation.

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There are also storylines and themes involving boxing, which was predominant in Courtenay’s earlier novel, The Power Of One. When she is tossed from her home, Tandia takes matters into her own hands, landing up in trouble with the law and facing the man who violated her not long ago.


Did peekay byrce and his spirit On a whole this book was greatly disappointing I really tandiz like the way Courtenay portrays white South Africans. I had been telling stories since the age of five and had always known I would be a writer some day, though life kept getting in the way until I realised that it was either now or never. The story turns back to Peekay and tahdia relentless pursuit of ‘boxing’ glory and his ambition to study law for a return to South Africa, to fight against the persecution.

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I felt like this book just went on and on, without any real aim I had read The Power of One and quite enjoyed it, so thought that this book would be worth reading. This page was last cojrtenay on 14 Augustat Peekay returns as a champ for all things in the boxing ring, in the classroom and, finally, in the courtroom.

Tandia (Africa #2), by Bryce Courtenay

I would like to say that I do find Courtenay’s portrayal of the Afrikaner as a little unfair at times, as he makes them out to be a either stupid, racist or cowardly. Those dumb violent kaffirs! 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.

I didn’t like this quite as much as The Power of One, maybe because life was tamdia dismal for so many of the characters.