A plot synopsis of Mine Boy by Peter Abrahams
In this story Xuma is a young man from "the north" who comes to Johannesburg with very little in search of a job in the gold mines (pictured above). On his first night in the city Xuma finds a moonshiner named Leah who takes him in and takes care of him until he can get a job and pay her. While in Johannesburg Xuma learns quickly the differences between city life and life in the north. Constantly reminded of the opression of his people and the poverty that they are forced to live in. One of the most painful reminders comes from the girl he falls in love with her name is Eliza and she will settle for nothing less than the luxurious posessions of the whites. Xuma goes to work in the mines where he accels and most of the bosses (all of them white) naturally take a liking to a hard worker like him and make him leader of hos own little group of mine boys.
After many pages full of corruption, betrayal, and dodging racist police officers. It isn't until the last 3 pages that Xuma finally takes a stand on what he knows to be right. Talking the mine boys in to striking until the mine owners fix the mines after two of Xuma's close friends die in a collapse. This was the one thing about the story that disappointed me the most, I don't like how Abrahams takes his sweet time getting to the point. Xuma spends all his time complaining and when he finally does stand up for his rights the book ends.