Recently I was fortunate to stumble upon Bryce Courtenay's novel, "The Power of One" which charts the coming of age of a young man in apartheid South Africa. Through his eyes we experience the injustice of the regime and the suffering it caused. Through much adversity and small triumphs Peekay develops his own sense of right and wrong which is quite alien to the ruling regime in his country.
This is a deeply moving book, beautifully written and a definite page turner. There is a follow up novel, Tandia, which further develops the characters in The Power of One.