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->''First with the head, then with the heart.''

''The Power of One'' (1989) is a novel by Bryce Courtenay set in South Africa just before and during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It follows the life of an English boy [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname known only as]] Peekay after his mother suffers a nervous breakdown and he gets sent to an Afrikaner BoardingSchoolOfHorrors. After leaving the school, Peekay gets on a train for Barberton and meets Hoppie Groenwald, the train guard and a welterweight boxer. After witnessing Hoppie's match, the young boy is entranced by the sport and encouraged by Hoppie to become the welterweight champion of the world.

[[TheFilmOfTheBook A film adaption]] was released in 1992. It scores a 2 on the SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification. It should not be confused with the second ''Anime/{{Pokemon|2000}}'' movie, which in English bears the same title.

!!Provides Examples Of:

%%* TheAlcoholic: Doc.
* AllGermansAreNazis: Subverted with Doc, and becomes a major plot point when he is sent to prison.
%%* AllJewsAreCheapskates
%%* AProtagonistShallLeadThem
%%* AxCrazy: Jaapie Botha.
%%* BadassBookworm: Peekay.
%%* TheBully: The Judge.
* CombatPragmatist: When Peekay's boxing opponent drinks water, he focuses on punching him in the gut. Ouch.
%%* CoolOldGuy: Doc.
* DistinguishingMark: The Judge's crude Swastika.
* DuringTheWar: One of the earliest events in the novel is The Judge mentioning UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII invasion of Poland]]. Hoppie is later drafted to fight [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazis]].
* EmbarrassingNickname: Pisskop (Afrikaans for "Pisshead"), from which "Peekay" is derived. Also Rooinek ("Red Neck"), a disparaging term for Englishmen.
%%* FriendlessBackground
* GoodOldFisticuffs: As the cover might suggest, boxing is central to the novel.
* HandsOffParenting: Peekay's mother is rather uninvolved with her son's rearing, even after she returns for him.
%%* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Rasputin.]]
%%* HotForTeacher
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Peekay himself. He is distinguished by the traits of extreme generosity and a love for people of all types of races, but he rarely passes judgment on others.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Peekay is ridiculously intelligent (both naturally and from being tutored by Doc) and as such has no friends outside the boxing squad until he goes to The Prince of Wales School halfway through the book.
%%* JerkAss: The Judge.
%%* JewishAndNerdy
%%* KidHero
%%* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:The Judge.]]
%%* MightyWhitey: Oh boy.
* MoodWhiplash: The first few chapters of the book are a nightmarish BoardingSchoolOfHorrors story. After that Peekay gets on a train back to home and suddenly the mood and events of the story turn more upbeat.
%%* NiceGuy: Peekay, in spades.
%%* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown
%%* TheObiWan: Doc.
%%* ParentalAbandonment
%%* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: The Judge.
* TheReveal: Jaapie Botha is actually [[spoiler:The Judge.]]
%%* RedOniBlueOni: In the second half of the book Peekay is red to Hymie's blue.
%%* SecondBoerWar
%%* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: [[spoiler:Jaapie Botha, formerly known as The Judge.]]
%%* TheSociopath: The Judge.
%%* TeensAreMonsters: The Judge as a teenager and his entire crew.
%%* TookALevelInBadass: Peekay.
* UnskilledButStrong: Jackhammer Smit and Jaapie Botha. [[spoiler:The "unskilled" part is their undoing.]]
* WeakButSkilled: Hoppie's strategy to take down the heavyweight Jackhammer Smit is to effectively blind him with punches to the eye. Peekay is entranced by this sort of tactic and uses it when ''he'' takes up boxing.