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Kaffir Boy Writing Style

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Writing Style


This is an incredibly detailed account of Mathabane's life, from his earliest memories to the time he left South Africa. For example, Chapter 2 opens with Mathabane recounting a dream he has at three or four years of age, "in which throngs of black people sprawled dead in pools of red blood, surrounded by all sorts of slimy, creeping creatures" (2.1). The detail that Mathabane brings to his story makes the world of apartheid South Africa come alive for his audience, who are largely people living outside of his home country.

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