Nelson Mandela – reviewed by Diego Iñigo

Nelson Mandela

By  Carl W Hart

Reviewed by Diego Iñigo  (San Pedro de Jujuy, Argentina)

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I decided to read this book because we were living the Fifa World Cup , and I got interested in the life of this man because I have listened he had done some amazing things. Another reason was I had to practice for an oral lesson in my English institute.

The book is a biography of the ex-president of South Africa and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize: Nelson Mandela. In the first chapter the book takes us to the colonization of South Africa, what is like an introduction to Mandela’s story. Chapter two tells us about Mandela’s first years, then we learned about his studies. The most important part starts when we know about his times in the ANC, because it is in that moment when he starts to fight for the equal rights for all the African, being white, black or any other races. The story continues with crucial moments when he is taken to prison by the government, but later he gets freedom and is chosen new President of South Africa by the people who have supported him during many years. At the end Mandela could get what he want, a “rainbow country” where all are equal to everyone.

After reading this book the first thought which enter in my mind was that someone has never to surround, we have to fight for our ideas. Another thing this book teaches me is that every human-being is no worse or better for his race, nationality or religion. For me Mandela’s life is like a good-script movie, it’s amazing that he has never given up, after all what it has happened to him. In the book my favourite chapter isthe one which told me about his time in prison, this gets really impression on me because he didn’t lose his hopes in that difficult moment and he continues going on.