Born In Chains - Clinton Chauke (Paperback)

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What is it like to be born dirt-poor in South Africa? Clinton Chauke knows, having been raised alongside his two sisters in a remote village bordering the Kruger National Park and a squatter camp outside Pretoria.

Clinton is a young village boy when awareness dawns of how poor his family really is: there’s no theft in the village because there’s absolutely nothing to steal. But fire destroys the family hut, and they decide to move back to the city. There he is forced to confront the rough-and-tumble of urban life as a ‘bumpkin’. He is Venda, whereas most of his classmates speak Zulu or Tswana and he has to face their ridicule while trying to pick up two or more languages as fast as possible.

With great self-awareness, Clinton negotiates the pitfalls and lifelines of a young life: crime and drugs, football, religion, friendship, school, circumcision and, ultimately, becoming a man. Throughout it all, he displays determination as well as a self-deprecating humour that will keep you turning the pages till the end.

Clinton’s story is one that will give you hope that even in a sea of poverty there are those that refuse to give up and, ultimately, succeed.

Product Details

Barcode
9781868428762
Department
Books
Released
1 May 2018
Content Source
South African
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Authors
Clinton Chauke
C Chauke
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Jonathan Ball
Language
English
Number of Pages
276
Dimensions
198 x 129mm

Summary

Just like in the squatter camp in Atteridgeville, there was no electricity in our new home. But here it was very different: it was safe. Only years later I figured out why the crime rate was so low in our village: there was nothing to steal. Born in Chains is a fist-hand account of living in abject poverty in South Africa. Clinton Chauke was born in 1994 into a Vatsonga household and has faced all the challenges of growing up at the edges of society: first in rural Limpopo, then in a village bordering the Kruger National Park, and finally in a squatter camp near Pretoria. Navigating a world of racism and tribalism and confronting urban life as a country bumpkin, the author depicts the lifelines and pitfalls of a young life: going to school, coming to terms with tradition, religion and politics, becoming a man and ultimately finding his identity as a young black person in South Africa. Uncompromising, honest and witty, Chaukes memoir is a story of hope and perseverance and of succeeding against all the odds.

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General Subject
Current & World Affairs
BISAC Subject 1
Literary Collections / Letters
BISAC Subject 2
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
BISAC Subject 3
Social Science / Poverty & Homelessness
BISAC Subject 4
Social Science / Black Studies (Global)
BISAC Subject 5
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / General
BIC Classification 1
Diaries, letters & journals
BIC Classification 2
Poverty & unemployment
BIC Classification 3
Housing & homelessness
BIC Classification 4
Black & Asian studies
BIC Classification 5
Social & cultural history
Library Subject 1
Post-apartheid era - Biography
Library Subject 2
Young adults - South Africa
Library Subject 3
Poverty - South Africa
Dewey Classification
968.07092

Inside Flap

Clinton Chauke is a social critic, a fierce debater and a Pan-Africanist at heart. He is currently working as a junior mining technician at Solar Mining Services, one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of explosives in the world. He can be described in many words, but one label he flatly rejects is that of ‘born-free’ – surprising, considering he was born in 1994. Clinton argues that neither he nor the people born in and after 1994 are truly free.

Author Bio

CLINTON CHAUKE is a social critic, a fierce debater and a Pan-Africanist at heart. He is currently working as a junior mining technician at Solar Mining Services, one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of explosives in the world. He can be described in many words, but one label he flatly rejects is that of `born-free' - surprising, considering he was born in 1994. Clinton argues that neither he nor the people born in and after 1994 are truly free.

Review Quotes

`Unflinching, witty, courageous' - Niq Mhlongo