Do you have any information on Alex LaGuma's work?
In A walk in the night, Laguma focuses on the frustration, fear and oppression that black south Africans had to endure but he totally ignores the resilience in Willieboy. He is a character that grew up in an abusive household yet he has never murdered anyone in his life. Willieboy resorts to petty theft due to his surroundings but they do not turn him into a murderer. He does not totally rise from the ground but he does not become as bad as Michael Adonis either. Laguma might be doing this to show how bad times were, rising above your surroundings could of been a dream that came to a fatal end just like Willieboys' life.
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