Nelson Mandela – reviewed by Rut Huanca

Nelson Mandela

by Carl W Hart

Rut Huanca

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In one of my english classes for the first time I heard about “Nelson Mandela”, a true story from one of the most famous South Africa’s President. My teacher told us about “The horrible Apartheid” and how the people suffer terribly there which generate interest in me and I decided to read it.

The book opens showing a divided country in South Africa ruled by white government that creates a political and social system according to which only white people have political rights and non-white people (black people) are not free in their own land. This is the world Nelson Mandela was born and this is the world that he wants to change. He is a freedom fighter, who believes that people of all races and colours can live together in peace and equality. All his life is quite difficult for him and his family specially when he is sent to Robben Island Prison and has to pass many years in jail. But he makes people love him so his friends ans supporters demand that Mandela has to be free. Then in 1994, an excited Nelson Mandela is elected president. And now he has a long and difficult way in front of him to build the country he has always dreamt.

My favourite part is when Mandela becomes the new president of South Africa, I rejoiced with this chapter, because he has spent his life fighting for his country, but at the end he succeds. The worst part according to my opinion are the tragic events of murders, where hundreds of innocent people are killed.

When I finish reading this biography, I felt very impressed “How he could bear 27 years in prison and not let prison destroy him”. We can see that the fight for freedom was in his veins. And in spite of some white people treated him badly, he wanted freedom and rights for everyone. Maybe he has made a lot of mistakes, but he is an excellent example of forgiveness, too.

Finally, although some teenagers think this is a boring book. I would still recommend it for everybody because it is “a true story” and “not fantasy” and we can learn a lot from this.

Rut Huanca