Power of One

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In Bryce Courtenay’s The Power of One, the main character, Peekay the majority of his friends by means of a violent and unexpected death. “Death was violent and ugly like Grandpa Chook and Geel Piet, or even a macambre like Big Hettie. Death, as I had come to know it in Africa, had no gentle slipping awayness about it, no dignity.” Depending on your faith, death can bring about new life, or an end to everything. If you choose to believe the latter, as it can be assumed that Peekay did, these powerful things called loneliness birds hatch their stone eggs inside of you. “…laid stone eggs deep inside of you until you filled up with heaviness and despair. “

Granpa Chook was Peekay’s best friend for the earliest part of his childhood. He was given to Peekay by Inkosi-Inkosikazi when the medicine man came to cure Peekay of his bed wetting. Granpa Chook stayed with Peekay through his first years of boarding school when he was tortured by the Judge and his friends. “A series of dull plops tore into the fragile bones of Granpa Chook’s breast. The first stones had set the rope swinging, but the storm troopers were expert shots and their second shots also tore into the funny old body of that upside down chicken. Spots of blood dropped into the dry sust and among the fallen jacaranda blossoms, the rope swinging so hard, no two drops landed in the same Chook’s breast. The first stones had set the rope swinging, but the storm troopers were expert shots and their second shots also tore into the funny old body of that upside down chicken. Spots of blood dropped into the dry dust and among the fallen jacaranda blossoms, the rope swinging so hard, no two drops landed in the same place. Granpa Chook, the toughest darn chicken in the whole world, was dead.”

Peekay met Big Hettie during the Hoppie phase of his life; she watched Hoppie’s matches with him, and even opted to stay on the train to watch over Peekay. Towards the end of her life, she opened up a great...
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