Mine Boy (by Peter Abrahams)
Mine Boy has remained a central influence in South African fiction for over forty years. When Xuma moves to Johannesburg he is a naive country boy, but the impact of harsh city life awakens him to the new ways and values of a radically different world. His vision of a 'man without color', a raceless society, is shattered by the realities of his underprivileged existence. First published in 1946, this novel was one of the first books to expose universally the condition of black South Africans under a white regime. Forceful but restrained images of discrimination in the gold mines and appalling housing contrast with Xuma's simple, humanitarian act of defiance.
- Longman Publishing Group (Pearson)
- 0435905627, 9780435905620