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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A Rainbow in the Night: In a small group of Dutch farmers landed on the southernmost tip of Africa. Sent by the powerful Dutch India Company, their mission was simply to grow vegetables and supply ships rounding the cape.

Their saga—bloody, ferocious, In a small group of Dutch farmers landed on the southernmost tip of Africa. Their saga—bloody, ferocious, and fervent—would culminate three centuries later in one of the greatest tragedies of history: Called apartheidit was a poisonous system that would only end with the liberation from prison of one of the moral giants of our time, Nelson Mandela.

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Lists with This Book. Basically this is a history book where history of South Africa has been narrated in a very interesting way from the Dutch conquest in to elections in Some points have been omitted like Namibia’s independence and end of sporting boycott in so I deducted lxpierre star. But all in all,Dominique Lapierre provides an interesting way to learn history. I think it is must read for those interested in history of apartheid. View all 3 comments.

Apr 23, Elliot Ratzman rated it liked it. This is an accessible history of South Africa written by a well-known French journalist. The history is more complex than I thought. I found myself sympathetic to the Dutch traders and farmers in the 17th and 18th centuries sought their fortune—and a quasi-religious calling—to settle what seemed to be a largely unpopulated region of southern Africa.

Byafter arcohaleno in Nazi Germany, the white leaders create a totalitarian police state based on arcibaleno Bible, white supremacy and a laughable, cruel race science. This is not the only book you should read about South Africa but it will serve as a compelling overview.

In ogni caso lo consiglio a c Molto interessante: Sep 05, Bethany rated it it was ok. This book gave an engaging overview of the history of South Africa. I had only read two textbook paragraphs on the country alpierre reading this book and found it to be a very readable introduction to a terrible chapter of our world’s history.

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Quite a depressing read that ends on a good note. For someone unfamiliar with the country’s history, the author left many questions unanswered. In the modern portion of the book, M. Lapierre covers the political activity of the country, and then shares vigne This book gave an engaging overview of the history of South Africa.

Lapierre covers the political activity of the country, and then shares vignettes from Nelson Mendela, Helen Lieberman a concerned white citizen who is brave enough to venture into a black townshipand Christian Barnard performs the first successful heart transplant.

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Lieberman and Barnards stories are presented as two of the brightest points in the country’s history, doing much to bring down apartheid. But Lapierre doesn’t give us a good picture of what was happening in the rest of the country. Were there any other do gooders fighting peacefully against apartheid? Did South Africa make any other great scientific contributions to the world? The first section of the book covers the first Dutch settlers to South Africa; one quarter of the book covering years of history.

This story was very engaging but I also would have liked more details. And I was shocked by the presentation of Dutch Calvinism that resulted in their conquest of South Africa; I suspect that the author is oversimplifying the Voertrekker beliefs and quoting statements that moved the story along, while not logically making much sense.

I would have liked more details about how the Dutch started thinking that they were the “chosen people” and started applying verses meant for the Israelites to themselves. Mar 02, Pie Resting-Place rated it it was ok Shelves: Mostly apartheid, not much detail of before then. Nearly nothing about the twenty years since. En otros lugares no perdonamos a miles. Feb 26, Ganesh rated it really liked it.

A poignant, very well written history of South Africa’s birth and rebirth after apartheid’s end. It even had lessons on Dictatorship ; – “For individuals or groups who resisted these apartheid expulsions or contested their legality by appealing to the courts, he came up with the Black Prohibition of Interdicts Act, which prevented t A poignant, very well written history of South Africa’s birth and rebirth after apartheid’s end.

It even had lessons on Dictatorship ; – “For individuals or groups who resisted these apartheid expulsions or contested their legality by appealing to the courts, he came up with the Black Prohibition of Interdicts Act, which prevented the judiciary from opposing government action and authorized the use of force against any rebellion. Another law prohibited the disclosure of any military action” Nov 23, MinG rated it it was amazing.

I don’t know how to explain this book in a word. To be honest, I didn’t know what to feel when I was reading this book. I can’t believe this really happened in our history. This just seemed so surreal to me and I didn’t want to believe this.

Moreover, there were people that wanted to change this world to become better. There was Nelson Mandela. He didn’t give up to find freedom for the people in South Africa. Even if he was put in jail, he stayed positive. I looked at myself, and I realised that I don’t know how to explain this book in a word. I looked at myself, and I realised that I was complaining about things that didn’t matter at all compare to what he had faced while living his life.

What is it that I am doing for humanity? What can I do for the better future? Sep 01, Mark rated it really liked it. The scope of the book is limited Apr 18, Sajith Kumar rated it liked it Shelves: There was a time when I chanced upon the Indian passport of one of my uncles lying on the table.

I was a student then and I opened the little black book with curiosity. There was an epistle from the President of India appealing to persons anywhere in the world to extend wholehearted help and cooperation to my uncle whose photo was pasted on the facing side. On the next page however, a curiosity awaited me. A seal in indelible blue ink proclaimed that the passport is valid for travel to any count There was a time when I chanced upon the Indian passport of one of my uncles lying on the table.

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A seal in indelible blue ink proclaimed that the passport is valid for travel to any country except the Republic of South Africa.

Why a country is singled out like this? What would happen if my uncle happens to land at the border post of South Africa while on his journey and which is to be traversed to reach his designation?

Then began my enquiry on why this country on the southern tip of Africa is discriminated against by the international community. Dominique Lapierre, who needs no introduction, has told the story of how South Africa was born and the inhuman racial segregation made deep scars on its social life. The book ends with Mandela assuming power after its first multi-racial elections.

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Part One of the book covers the period of three centuries between the Dutch men Jan Van Riebeeck setting foot on the Cape of Good Hope in and the ascendancy of the National Party to power in The whites were few in number as compared to blacks who were the original inhabitants arcobaoeno the country but divided into arconaleno tribes like the Zulu, Xhoa, and Khoikhoi. The Dutch men were adherents of Calvinism and had escaped from their motherland to evade Catholic persecution.

They established the Dutch Reformed Church in their new piece of land. Deeply religious and regular church goers, the Boers, as they were called, were diehard racists who believed xrcobaleno the supremacy of the white race over all others. Taking theological justification for the practice of slavery from the Bible, the Boers strictly separated the races with the blacks and the coloured people treated as sub-humans.

Much to the chagrin nott them, the British landed in the country in to outsmart the post-revolutionary French forces. Then started a century long game of hide and seek between the old and new settlers.

The Boers called themselves Afrikaners and heroically established rich provinces like Transvaal and the Orange Free State.

The land was rich in coal, diamond and gold — a deadly combination. The British slowly annexed territories that were developed by Afrikaners. The frequent migrations generated a spirit of fellowship. A new language, Afrikaans ntote developed and jealously guarded as the medium of cultural identity of the original settlers. The Boer war saw much bloodshed, but the British wiped off Boer resistance and assumed overloadship for the whole of South Africa.

Finally they won power in by a narrow margin. The National Party won a little over half of these white votes. African National Congress ANC arcobalemo its leader Nelson Mandela parted ways with peaceful protest and slowly degenerated into violent ways.