Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid

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Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid

By William Finnegan
Harper & Row, 1986
418 pp. $22.95
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Young Americans could find no better introduction to South Africa than this captivating memoir: the education of William Finnegan, a highly articulate and thoughtful California surfer who taught for a year at a Coloured school outside Cape Town and hitchhiked around the country. Remarkably, there also emerges an account of the 1980 school boycotts and the complexities of black thinking about resistance that makes the book an original work of value to the academic specialist.

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