“The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay

My 4th quote from the book: “Always listen to yourself, Peekay. It is better to be wrong than simply to follow convention. If you are wrong, no matter, you have learned something and you will grow stronger. If you are right, you have taken another step toward a fulfilling life.”

The 5th (and my favorite of the two): “Always you should go to the source, to the face of the rock, to the beginning. The more you know, the more you can control your destiny. Man is the only animal who can store knowledge outside his body. This has made him greater than the creatures around him. Everything has happened before; if you know what comes before, then you know what happens now. Your brain, Peekay , has two functions; it is a place for original thought, but also it is a reference library. Use it to tell you where to look, and then you will have for yourself all the brains that have ever been.”

Set in South Africa during World War II, the main character, Peekay, still 6 years of age at this point in the book, is on life’s road of myriad lessons: learning and gaining knowledge from an assortment of different people he encounters. “Peekay’s journey [is taking] him from the brutality of a … boarding school through countless close calls, climaxing with an awesome confrontation in a distant, dangerous place.”

Repeat: I highly [highly] recommend that you read this book!

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