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Longueur : 288 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
Langue : Anglais

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'A story of the most astonishing, unlikely friendship. A must read' --Mail on Sunday

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Christo Brand was a South African farm boy, born into the Afrikaans culture which had created apartheid, a racial system designed to persecute black people while claiming superiority for white people. Nelson Mandela, the black son of a tribal chief, also raised in a rural village, trained as a lawyer to take up the fight against apartheid on behalf of a whole nation. Their opposing worlds collided when Christo, a raw recruit from the country's prison service, was sent to Robben Island to guard the notoriously dangerous terrorists; Mandela was their undisputed leader.The two of them, a boy of 19 and a long-suffering freedom fighter then aged 60, should have become bitter enemies. Instead they formed an extraordinary friendship through small human kindnesses; Christo, a gentle young man who valued ordinary decency and courtesy, struck a chord with the wise and resilient freedom fighter - a man who was prepared to die if necessary to liberate his people.As an African tribesman family was a priority for Mandela and he knew that his life imprisonment meant that he might never be able to live with them again. When his mother died he was refused permission to go to her funeral - as the eldest son, Mandela held a great responsibility towards her, and he wept with shame and despair. Christo was witness to that despair many times during his years as Mandela's personal prison warder. He knew the heartbreak he suffered at never being able to see his children. So, when Winnie secretly brought their tiny granddaughter to Robben Island it was Christo who risked his own freedom to put the baby in Mandela's arms for a few moments.Their friendship was sealed by many such shared moments; sometimes merely a gesture or a smile, at other times an act of generosity which could have cost Christo his job. This bond of trust endured between the two men long after Mandela was freed. As President of South Africa he invited Christo into his home, advised his son Riaan on his career and gave Christo a job in the Constitutional Assembly in Parliament, drawing up the country's new laws. Shortly before passing away he called for Christo again for the final time - to say goodbye. In this book Christo tells, for the first time, the incredible and moving story of their unlikely friendship.

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  • Editeur : John Blake (17 février 2014)
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HASH(0x9217e4ec) étoiles sur 5 A great read 15 avril 2014
Par Neale - Publié sur
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I marked in 4 because there is some sloppy editing where he repeats himself that should have been caught. I was skeptical about reading this after reading Long Walk to Freedom and some other books, how much more was there to say. Brand focuses on the choices he had to make as a warder -- where he could give a break, and where he didn't dare. He did take a few daring risks, but balanced that with towing the line, especially in censoring mail where his work was scrutinized. Brand probably had the easiest time seeing through the apartheid myths when he faced Mandela and the others who were not only non-violent, but disciplined and immensely human. We know that, but what helped him was having grown up with working class parents on a farm where all his friends were black or colored in those formative years. And his choice to go into prison work was to avoid the other choices of the military or the street police, so he already had a big heart and a gentle spirit. The most fascinating part for me was what happened when the five most influential were removed from Robben Island and put alone on the top floor of Pollsmoor prison where the warders who were with them locked the door and no one could see them. There they could share food with the warders and play tournaments of tennis and eat foods of their choice. I had had no idea about that part.
HASH(0x9217e540) étoiles sur 5 an honest book about an extraordinary man 3 décembre 2014
Par Sandra Jane Todd - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This book should be prescribed reading for all warders, teaches, policeman and people who are taking up positions of power over others.
Mandela at a time of powerlessness recognized that Christo Brand was also in a weak position an gave him respect. Mandela was able to distinguish between the warder and the organization and protected Christo by not demanding favors that would have had bad consequences for Him.
Mandela would have had many warders during his time in prison and I like to think that dome of the others might have also been like Christo. Some might have been moved on because they where also bending the rules in favor of their special prisoners.
HASH(0x9217e81c) étoiles sur 5 A great read 15 janvier 2016
Par N. Shepard - Publié sur
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I recently visited Cape Town. I spent my 60th birthday on Robben Island and was overwhelmed with emotion. On this recent visit a tour guide recommended this book and I highly recommend it. It is an easy read but one senses the writers' stories, impressions and feelings coming from his heart. He shares a lot about Mandela as a man and if you ever felt any respect for Mandela you will have an even greater feeling of respect and admiration for this legendary human being. A great read for everyone.
HASH(0x9217ed44) étoiles sur 5 A Fine Chronicle 2 février 2016
Par Ellen H. Ulken - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book is an inside look at the man, Mandela, by his former prison guard. Mandela's stalwart heroism is shown as he abides his sentence day by day while continuing to work with friends outside the prison to end apartheid in South Africa. Christo Brand, his guard and friend, stays by his side through the years of struggle while Mandela awaits release.
HASH(0x9217e600) étoiles sur 5 Straightforward and unassuming, but offering rare insight into the ... 3 avril 2015
Par Jim Sparks - Publié sur
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Straightforward and unassuming, but offering rare insight into the man and the prison. A clear chronological story of Mandala's release. Couldn't out it down.
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