My Race

  • by Lorraine Lotzof Abramson
  • Narrated by Nathalie Boltt
  • 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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More than one person's life

This story, very well read in the authentic South African accents (a rarity), while representing one family's sincere story, echoes the experience of the many families who emigrated from Europe to South Africa then on to North American in subsequent generations, especially those who left South Africa because of the injustices of Apartheid. Well done!
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- Terry

Not really about Apartheid

Would you try another book from Lorraine Lotzof Abramson and/or Nathalie Boltt?

probably not


What could Lorraine Lotzof Abramson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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!


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book was well written and the narrator was very good.


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- Daralyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2013
  • Publisher: DBM Press, LC