“The book that I choose for my independent reading is Playing The Enemy by John Carlin this is a very interesting book the book is about a south African called Nelson Mandela and his goal is to free the south African from British rule, and also he wants to bring both black and white south Africans together as a nation. My favorite scene is when Mandela is in jail and the guard tried to hit but then Mandela said “If you as much as lay a hand on me, I will take you to the highest court in the land.” I like that scene because it symbolized the rights a person has and that to not let no-one hit you. Well this book is very interesting it will keep your attention. ”ceasar N wrote this review Monday, September 27, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this after watching the movie Invictus as it piqued my interest in the story. Nelson Mandela is a fascinating person and a remarkable leader. The book focuses its attention almost solely on Mandela. The rugby team is really more of a secondary story that does not get covered in much detail until the latter half of the book. The team captain (portrayed by Matt Damon in the movie) really played a small role in the book, but the overall story is quite inspiring.”Brett J wrote this review Saturday, August 14, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This isbthe book on which the movie "Invictus" was based. Not surprisingly, it is much better and deeper than the movie. Worth reading for its insights into the turmoil of South Africa and its portrayal of Nelson Mandela. ”Delia T wrote this review Thursday, July 1, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"Your freedom and mine cannot be separated."”Jody W wrote this review Saturday, April 10, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What a great story! I almost had tears in my eyes reading it. Mandela is truly a remarkable man.”susan b wrote this review Thursday, February 25, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great Inspiring book, in large part because it iis about such an inspiring human being. The movie Invictus was based on this book. Definitely worth reading.”Helen W wrote this review Sunday, February 21, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved the movie, 'Invictus'. Hope the book is as good.
I began reading a few weeks ago. I am afraid that it is not as appealing as the movie; however, I must add that I am not a fan of this genre and generally read for enjoyment.
While the story is interesting it is not engaging as far as I am concerned. I prefer the page turners that are totally implausible but fun to read. It is going to be one of those books to be read in-between the escapism books and will be read a few chapters every now and then - unless the tempo of the story increases.
I intend to keep reading as the Mandela/apartheid story is interesting and it never ceases to amaze me that Mandela could survive 27 in prison and be as influential as he has been both in and out of prison.
As mentioned earlier, this is not my favourite genre. However, I find that there are parts of this story which are truly inspiring and one becomes excited and imagines that more of the same will follow only to be disappointed with further facts and figures of Mandela’s life story and abolition of apartheid.
With around 70 pages left to read I do not intend to make any further posts regarding ‘Playing The Enemy’.
There is enough interest to keep me reading but as has been proven many other times – I am not a fan of this genre!
Merry Christmas to all.
The last 100 pages reminded me of the movie.”
“Great book about the thoughts behind Mandela's plan to unite South-Africa”Rik wrote this review Wednesday, January 20, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great non-fiction book that taught me a lot about the history of South Africa and Nelson Mandela himself. His ability to walk the tight rope between salvation and disaster for his entire country was inspiring.”Aaron K wrote this review Friday, January 15, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No