… a rampage through the last three difficult decades, upending familiar scenes, narratives, and archetypal roles, tearing a new path. It is a challenge to think differently about identity, race and belonging, and splits open a little window of possibility in a place that still holds surprises.
Alcock has written a gleaming assegai of a memoir. I say this is a fascinating book, perhaps even a landmark.
I couldn’t put the book down. Anyone interested in getting a deep insight about the turbulent times leading up to the end of apartheid in South Africa and the early heady days of its new democracy – seen through the eyes of a unique individual who tasted a multitude of flavours of this diverse and complex country – should read this immediately.
Racial stereotyping is among South Africa’s least attractive traits. After decades of apartheid you’d think this nation would have long ago rejected racism. But old prejudices die hard. GG Alcock’s new book, Third World Child, attacks them head on. Let’s hope it becomes a best-seller.
White boy who gets black ways.
As much as Third World Child is about finding a way to fit in that is neither white nor black, and how to move from the comforts of one to those of the other, it’s also about simply facing up to the society we are, and sometimes facing it down. An SA story par excellence.
@GGAlcock author of Third World Child might just be the most fascinating person I met this year … it’s a must read.
… the kind of biography that more South Africans need to be reading more of.