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Just imagine. I did not have to "wine and dine" a single one of them for their opinions.

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jim kelly, A reviewer, 03/26/2007 Customer Rating for this product is 5 out of 5
its a must

this is one of those books you cannot put down....a great read for all

 

Cornelius Evertsson, a pleasantly surprised reader, 05/09/2007 Customer Rating for this product is 5 out of 5

At last! An autobiography that's not a pompous self-serving exercise

This story came from the heart and made me feel uncomfortably like a vouyer at times and yet its just a story about a normal South African caught up in bizarre military and political happenings around him. It took guts to write and goes along way towards explaining the mindset of those that supported apartheid. I fully recommend this read to all of those that is not too fainthearted as this man tells it as it was. Well Done!

 

Heather, a recent grad with a M.A in history, 06/26/2007 Customer Rating for this product is 5 out of 5

Great unique book!

So this book, 'Africa Will Always Break Your Heart' by Gerrie Hugo is an intense and very unique book. It is a memoir, an autobiography of sorts, about a man 'Gerrie Hugo' who participated in Apartheid in South Africa but later came to his senses. It is a brutually honest account, as the reader will get that from the very first page. The writing style is informal, with some swear words here and there but it brings an air of authenticity to the book. It is a fairly fast read and I definitely enjoyed reading it. The chapters are only a few pages long so it makes you feel as if you have accomplished a lot 'which I really liked'. A few things of note, you definitely have to be open minded when going into this book and it's definitely not for everyone. It's for a 'mature' audience as there are a couple chapters which lean on the side of being slightly pornographic. To me, those parts didn't need to be in the book for it to be successful, however, I don't think it detracted from the book as a whole. That being said, I really did like this book. It was very different from many books I have read and gives an unique perspective into the whole issue of Apartheid. I loved the brutal honesty as well as the humor that was woven into the work. I recommend this for anyone who is interested in a completely different book and is interested in finding out what Apartheid was like for someone who actively participated in it and his thoughts on it now. Be prepared for a very honest work with some 'rough' language from time to time but it only adds to the authenticity of the work.


 

I have had the privilege to read this very good book and in my opinion it is very well presented giving us a close view into the mindset that was going on in the Apartheid during the years of the turmoil in South Africa. I was pleasantly surprised at the way and manner at which Gerrie Hugo presented a topic that most would find boring and dull. His quick wit and the laying out his and others roles into the regime was very well thought out and presented. Giving me the pleasure of viewing the subject from a first hand view. I would rate this book at a 9 out of a possible 10 and would highly recommend it

Review by Dayl Harrison

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]


 

When first I opened this book, I was expecting to hate it. Being of African American decent, I was admittedly prejudiced against anything South African. Fortunately, for the book, and my own edification, I had a chance to meet the author. It is because he wears his heart on his sleeve that I open my eyes, and give his journal a chance. It is because I gave him his voice, in my mind that I have had a change of heart.

His story is unique, not just because our cultures are so very different. It is unique because he has been changed and he speaks of the process and the pains that process invokes in a plain, easily understood language that reached past my pre-conceived ignorance of what HIS world was like.

I honestly wanted to hate this book… just as I have grown to hate what the South African Government was doing to the people of color inside of their country. I came away form reading this book changed. And that is a good thing.

I have come to know the man, and I sincerely hope that he continues to share his unique perspective with the world through his writing… he sure has a way with words.

Review by Chistopher Lewis-Ewell

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

 

Having grown up through my teens during the 80's and early 90's I began taking an avid interest in the news, both on TV and the press. Throughout this time Apartheid was a regular feature in the said medias. Not fully understanding what was happening on the other side of the planet, I still knew it was bad and donated/supported all kinds of movements, free Mandela etc. It is with the interest to understand this 'policy' (Apartheid) a little more that I bought the book.

The author will take you on a journey of his youth right upto his adulthood with a refreshing honesty that will make you laugh and cry. In fact, the honesty is such that I am suprised this chap hasn't been popped off by the 'people' he used to represent.

You will have an inside look at how the armed forces operated in both ignorance and domination to the population of South Africa and of how the government and officials of the time 'took control' of the media.

If your after a read that will open your eyes, make you laugh and cry and at the same time engross you then I would wholeheartedly recommend this book.

Review by Liam Coyle

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

 

 

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