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le 20 août 2008
Amazing, honest, accurate, moving, fascinating, inspiring.
Mandela wrote most of this book in his cell on Robben Island.
Although you know how the story will end, you can't stop reading. It is a book about humility, persistance, values. It is full of hope. It is a gift Mandela gave us. Every human being on earth should read it!
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le 25 mai 2013
I waited a long time to read this book because I always felt too close to the events having grown up in South Africa over the time of the rise of Apartheid. I was not an activist but had friends whose lives were destroyed by Apartheid the horrors of which I have re lived through this book. I hope the example of this amazing human being is not lost and forgotten by South Africans today of all backgrounds.
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Mandela: un personnage que tout le monde connait ou croit connaître... Un destin et une personnalité hors du commun. Un homme impressionnant quand on le connait juste comme ça, mais en lisant le livre... on finit par ne plus trouver les mots pour le décrire. A mettre entre toutes les mains!
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le 13 décembre 2014
I was 6 years old when Mr Mandela was released from prison and turned 10 two months after the 1994 election. I remember my parents going to vote for the first time. My father was very proud that day. My dad was from the same area as Chief Albert Luthuli. Its five years now that my father is died and I thought of him a lot as I read this book. I thought of the stories he could tell of apartheid.

I think this is a book every South African should read. Mr Mandela is respected around the world but I do not think many know much about him.

When I first bought the book I was a little intimidated. It is over 700 pages long and I have never read an autobiography before. I found the book very interested from the first page. The style of writing and language was smooth and easy to read except for the random french word or phrase that seemed odd.

There are certain aspects on the book I can relate to, for example,"In African culture, the sons and daughters of one's aunts or uncles are considered brothers and sisters, not cousins.... My mother's sister is my mother; my uncle's sons my brother; my brother's child is my son, my daughter." My husband is french and really does not understand this concept.

As the book progresses you get to see Mr Mandela grow, mature and evolve from boy to man. I believe he tries to be as honest as possible with regard to his feels and experiences. As you move forward to his involvement with the ANC and challenges they faced you see a stronger individual, a man with principles. However he was willing to put aside principle for strategy,"Others said that we should approach this is not from the point of view of principle but of tactic, that we should employ the method demanded by the conditions.......This was my view, and I saw non-voilence on the Gandhian model not as an inviolable principle but as a tactic to be used as the situation demanded. The principle was not so important that the strategy should be used even when it was self-defeating,as Gandhi himself believed. I called for non-violence protest for as long as it was effective." I do understand and appreciate his belief for non-violence as long as it effective. He said this several times and I do believe his decision to move to an armed struggle was not taken lightly. My only problem with is that Mr Mandela seems to gloss over the consequences of an armed struggle.

The other problem I had are the chapters following his release from prison. Chapters 100 to 112 to be exact. I found this section of the filled with pro-ANC statements. It often felt as though everyone else was wrong or creating problems except the ANC. It seemed to me like the message was the ANC were the only good guys. Once more the violence enacted by the MK is glossed over and the IFP are alway to blame for the gruesome killings. The last chapter restored my faith in the quality of the book.

Through out the book the themes of discipline, focus and hard work are emphasised. There are many funny moments. I especially appreciate the effort to mention several time the names of the many people that where involved, that worked along side Mr Mandela. He wanted to thank and say farewell to the nurses at the Constantiaberg Clinic and the guards and wardens at the prison. He was appreciative of Warrant Officer Swart and Gregory.

I did not have a real opinion about Mr Mandela before reading this book. I think I felt like everyone else, he was a great man, respected, made sacrifices, etc. However now I think differently, I believe what makes him great and respected is simply the fact that the qualities he posed are within all of us if only we show the disciple and focus to achieve our goals. Mr Mandela says it better when he speaks of his separation from his wife, "She married a man who soon left her; that man became a myth; and then that myth returned home and proved TO BE JUST A MAN AFTER ALL."
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le 1 février 2014
Nelson Mandela, tout comme Mahatma Gandhi, sont des personnages extraordinaires qui ont inspiré des populations et des gens comme moi. Ce livre m'a permis de bien comprendre la vie et le parcours politique de Nelson Mandela et je l'ai dévoré rapidement. Malgré sa récente disparition, il reste néanmoins pour moi un personnage extraordinaire et une source d'inspiration.
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le 5 avril 2010
Le fond est admirable, modeste mais sûr de soi jusqu'a l'absolute serenité. Très bien dit para Danny Glover.
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le 6 décembre 2013
The story of a great icon told in a very natural voice, spelling out his simple life growing up, the values that gave him the formidable foundation upon which he built his legacy of taking a nation from the brink of disaster to the road of hope and a future where humanity is the number one value. Mandela symbolised the soul of Africa, the tenacity of its people and the forgiving nature of their hearts. Only in the case of Josef Njike in the book Disciples of Fortune have I read of an African hero portrayed in such a human light. We come out from reading this book not only more enlightened, but also reinvigorated and even more joyful. "Kuaga, Mandela", Africa's greatest hero and enlightener, unblemished by power to the point of giving it up after having it for only four years.
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le 24 juin 2014
L'histoire de Nelson Mandela force le respect. Un homme qui a passé tant d'années en prison et qui n'a cessé de se battre pour le droit des noirs en Afrique du Sud. Superbe histoire réellement bien conté. Admiratif devant tant d'humanité :)
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le 14 avril 2014
Livré très rapidement, très bon rapport qualité prix, le livre est en en très bon état, cependant sa tranche est d'une propreté un peu douteuse.
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le 26 août 2013
Great book to understand how the apartheid has been abolished. The story is told by Nelson MANDELA from his simple human point of view with all the difficulties taht he faced and emotions he felt.
A book to read if you like history, south Africa or just for your own culture.
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