Start your review of Tandia Write a review Shelves: audiobook Bryce Courtenay impresses again with another practice novel as he called them when taking up the art of writing. The sequel to his extremely popular The Power of One , this novel seeks to look at South African political and social transformation regression? Tandia is raped soon after her fathers funeral. When she is tossed from her home, Tandia takes matters into her own hands, landing up in trouble with the law and facing the man who violated her not long ago. Police officer Jannie Geldenhuis holds his power over her and, with nowhere else to go, Tandia is stuck signing a false statement of facts to save her life.
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Plot introduction[ edit ] In South Africa, during a time when apartheid was at its worst, Courtenay tells a story of how oppressed people worked together with those who sought justice against the inhumane dictators of the country and those who supported it. With Mr. But after his wife Mrs. Patel kicks her out of the dark corrugated-iron shed in the back yard, her only house, her situation has been changed more drastically than she expected.
Tandia finds a home in the brothel where Geldenhuis drops her. Some of the clients of the brothel end up becoming her sponsors for her ambition to enter law school. They also want to pursue justice for the country they love, South Africa. When they arrive back in South Africa, their rivalry with Jannie Geldenhuis, which began in the school where they first met, extends to both boxing and politics.
Tandia grows up to be an intelligent and very beautiful lawyer. She joins the law firm formed by Peekay and Hymie and is dedicated to providing counsel to the under-represented black and coloured population of South Africa.
Her defense of a black terrorist causes her to again confront her lifelong enemy Jannie Geldenhuis who is now a powerful officer in the police force. Tandia and Peekay develop a romantic relationship, in a country where mixed relationships are outlawed. Their growing love is very dangerous and it leads them into the most fearful consequences.
Ryder was married with six children, and lived with his family, but also maintained a relationship with Greer, with whom he already had a daughter, Rosemary. Maude Greer gave the surname Courtenay to both her children. In , while studying journalism in London, Courtenay met his future wife, Benita Solomon, and they emigrated to Sydney in Courtenay entered the advertising industry and, over a career spanning 34 years, was the Creative Director of McCann Erickson , J. Walter Thompson and George Patterson Advertising. On 1 April , his son Damon who was born with the blood condition haemophilia died at age 24 from AIDS-related complications , contracted through a blood transfusion. Courtenay divorced Benita in and acknowledged sexual relationships with other women during their year marriage.