My Race is the memoir of a gifted Jewish athlete growing up under the apartheid system of South Africa.
As both an outsider excluded from the conservative Christian mainstream and an insider who reaped many of the benefits of a society founded on white supremacy, South African track star Lorraine Lotzof Abramson had a unique vantage point on the apartheid experience.
Her grandparents left Eastern Europe to escape oppression, only to find themselves in another oppressive society. This time, by virtue of their white skin, they were on the same side of the fence as the oppressors. Lorraine's first-hand account shares her ambitions, her achievements, her losses, her family ties - and her growing unease with the system of social inequality that simultaneously excluded her and celebrated her.
She eventually closes the door on the South African chapter of her life by immigrating to the United States, while her family remained in South Africa. Along the way, Lorraine learns that the real race - the marathon that is a long and eventful human life - is a journey towards compassion.
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Not really about Apartheid
I was led to believe she would be more involved in apartheid, but there was very little to do with apartheid. It was just an autobiography of a young Jewish girl who lived in South Africa during apartheid. The book was fine, the subtitle is totally misleading. In fact, Lorraine had pretty much a dream life, no struggles, no trials... almost perfect. Wealthy, family support, athleticism, perfect marriage, fairytale in fact, healthy children... her only issue was that in the background of her life apartheid existed, which didn't fit the rest of her perfect life. Don't get me wrong, happy for her! And having aged parents die is not sad, that the part of life that we celebrate that they had a great life, she tried to turn that into a tragedy. When her family punched a young boy in the face several times for not listening to a entitled white child, that was sad! She's a nice person, but her story was gloriously BORING!
The book was well written and the narrator was very good.
A wonderful story beautifully told
The reader did an outstanding job. The sincerity with which she voiced the emotional feelings of the author and her different accents were all quite outstanding
How she decided to break off her engagement and decided to marry the man that she did.
She has a beautiful voice and was very skillful in expressing emotional feelings
I wish she had given a background as the school's origins. Also, I wish she had told us more about her brother and how her parents managed to afford coming to the US.
Additionally she should have told us more about how her husband made out when they came to NY
- Barry C. Berelowitz "Bamba"