Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
"It always seems impossible until it's done" - Nelson Mandela
Growing up in the 80's I remember hearingthe name Nelson Mandela every now and the then in the news, in association with the terms Apartheid and Fight against Racism.
One day in the mid 90's that name became a symbol of victory and hope for freedom and justice. Released after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela talked to his people and published his biography specifying that the battle was not over, there was still a long walk to freedom.
From 1994 to 1999 Nelson Mandela was President of South Africa and he remained involved in the World's politics until his death in 2013.
When I approached "Long Walk to Freedom" I feared the dates and facts would be overwhelming for a person like me who is not into politics and know pretty much nothing about South Africa. I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself reading a humble, felt tale of a down-to-earth man, admitting how he never actually decided to be a hero and how he regrets not having being present for his family as he wished. Nelson Mandela speaks of hope and beliefs that never faltered, not even when denied to receive visits from his family or attend his own son's funeral.
I recommend this significant and moving biography of a man who believed freedom is a natural right for everyone.
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