My Son's Story is an inspiring, moving book. As difficult as it is to read (it made me feel kind of stupid!) I still feel that it was worth reading it. The book tells the story of the effect of apartheid on one black family in South Africa. Will, who is a young man, finds out that his father is having a relationship with a white woman. The father is a "colored" schoolteacher who has become a hero in the struggle against apartheid. Throughout the whole book you get to read about Will's feelings about his father and how horrified he is about him having another woman. Actually, I would say that the book has two plots: The first one deals with the political situation and everything around it, and the second tells about relationships between people and how difficult they can be. The book describes well the complexities of relationships- between the son, Will, and his father, Sonny; between Sonny and his wife Aila; between Sonny and his lover Hannah, between everyone and the political situation at hand. Why did I feel stupid when reading this book? Well, for starters, the writing is very complicated and often filled with metaphor. Plus, Gordimer looks back at things that happened several pages a go and so if you weren't really alert all the time you might be left out on some important and relevant points. Also, Gordimer's style of writing isn't very concise, it's actually rather disorganised which made me often quite confused. Apart from all this, I have to say that this is a very rich book which makes the struggle against apartheid in South Africa real and personal to the reader. And I know that I should have taken much more time to read this book since it's not the kind of book that you can just read in one day and then forget about it. I guess that's a good sign, I mean the fact that the book made me think. Think about the facts of life that aren't that pretty. Maybe, if I take the time to read this book again I might understand it better.