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Master Harold ...and the Boys (Vintage International) [Paperback]

Athol Fugard

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1 Oct 2009 Vintage International
This play about a young white boy and two African servants is at once a compelling drama of South African apartheid and a universal coming-of-age story.  Originally produced in 1982, it is now an acknowledged classic of the stage, whose themes of injustice, racism, friendship, and reconciliation traverse borders and time.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ballroom Dancing and Life 1 Sep 2012
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I really enjoyed this short play- there's so much packed into so little. Keep in mind this was a text taught to my students, so I'm definitely reviewing it from the perspective of an English teacher:

- Themes aplenty- race, father figures, intellect, age, art...
- And the symbolism- kites, ballroom dancing, comic books...
- Characters- so well-developed for a play that spans the course of just one afternoon
- The dialogue is so rich and powerful- the climax of the play is incredibly moving and insanely well-written
- Much can be done with historical and social context

Definitely a good read- would be a great airplane read- short, but deep (unless you're sitting next to a noisy child or a loud snorer).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense Examination of Institutionalized Racism 16 July 2010
By R. Silva - Published on
This one-act play is set in 1950 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1950. The three characters are Harold, the white son of the café's owner, and Sam and Willie, two black employees who are cleaning up after the day's lunch business when the play begins.

What follows is a conversation that slowly builds into an intense look at institutionalized racism and the dynamics of a broken family. Along the way, the audience learns the history of Harold's childhood, his relationships with his parents and with Sam and Willie, and gets some poignant glimpses of the culture they all live in.

"Master Harold "... And The Boys packs a lot of punch into its dialogue, especially as it reaches its climax. There are some wonderful little details as well, as the conversation touches on music and dancing, comic books and kites, and the question of who were the truly influential figures in history.

The climax brings the issue of race to the forefront and delves into Harold's conflicted emotions about the failings of his father and Sam's role as a father figure in his life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as expected 22 April 2014
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This came on time. It is exactly what I thought I was buying. No surprises. I like not having surprises when I order online!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good condition and quick arrival! 9 April 2014
By Dayna Waldron - Published on
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I loved this product. There was a slight amount of damage, a bit more than indicated in the description, but overall I received the book quickly and in good condition. This product is a fine investment.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 20 Feb 2014
By austin pepper - Published on
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This book is in perfect condition and I can wait to read it. This is a very thin book so don't expect it to take you too long to read it.
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