REVIEW for SAMSON by Danie Adendorff
I have finished reading Danie Adendorff's SAMSON for the third time, and for the third time I have cried. Because Samson breaks my heart.
Samson is a a wonderful boy with a good heart and a bad temper doing his best in a harsh and unforgiving world. He is a boy struggling to bringing the ethics and values of his ancestors to bear on a corrupt and corrupting society. Samson courageously fights for justice and truth with the frail weapons of a child: belief and sincerity.
Samson wins, and in winning breaks our hearts.
SAMSON it is not a black African story, anymore than The Diary of Anne Frank is a Jewish story. It is a human story. A universal story told with crushing simplicity; the bitterest story of how childhood - the sweetest of times - can be poisoned by the treachery of the very society that should nurture and shelter our most vulnerable treasures: our children.