Life lessons from Caster

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Ti­tle: Caster Se­menya Road To Glory

Au­thor: Jeremy Daniel Pub­lisher: Jonathan Ball Pub­lish­ers

Re­viewer: Sihle Nde­bele

I feel this book would have been more cred­i­ble had Caster Se­menya nar­rated her story her­self, in­stead of Jeremy Daniel. The first-per­son point of view is al­ways ef­fec­tive in mak­ing the char­ac­ter in­ti­mate.

My pri­mary aim in read­ing the book was the hope that it would prove ed­u­ca­tional, and it served that pur­pose. One of the lessons is that in life you must not pay too much at­ten­tion to your de­trac­tors, like Se­menya man­aged with those who ques­tioned her gen­der.

The book com­prises 18 in­sight­ful chap­ters, but I think Daniel should have put the events of Caster’s life in chrono­log­i­cal or­der, start­ing with her up­bring­ing back in Lim­popo, which is the sec­ond chap­ter, and summed it up with her find­ing her soul mate in Vi­o­let.

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