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October 12, 2018

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars
Published by - Self-published
Genre - Autobiography
Publishing year - June 2018
Language - English
Pages - 120
Buy now - Amazon IN

My Review - 

From Destitute to Plenitude is the second book of Louiesa Mynhardt in her trilogy. The first book, Memoirs of a play-white, told readers about the author's childhood days, her relationship with her mother, and their struggles. It also includes the racism and the apartheid regime of South Africa. This book continues with her story, along with the living conditions of South Africa. 

This book starts with the racism reclassification. The author mentions the government policies and procedures regarding white, black, and Asian people. In this, she took the examples of other people as well. South Africa's black population has suffered a lot, and the author describes it briefly.

South Africa hosted the Rugby World Cup in 1995, which changes other nations' point of view towards this country. Sports bring people of every race together. Being a hosting country, every eye was on them. It increases local business. But few rules create problems as well. The price of the tickets was high and very few people afford them. Racism affect games and player too. The author includes some examples of a sports person. The author also includes the Soccer World Cup, 2010. 

The author married Harold. Their marriage was based on an agreement. I am born and brought up in India. Here there is no such concept. So it's fascinating to know about it. There's a whole chapter dedicated to their marriage, relatives, and all the arrangements. I really like this chapter. I feel sorry for Doris, Louiesa's mother. I really want to know more about the author's relationship with her daughters, just like she describes her relationship with Doris in the previous book

Louiesa got entrepreneurial skills in her genes. She works in a bank, but she resigns from her job and establishes Sterling Debt Recovery. In a male-dominated society, she strives to achieve success. Their firm works on a commission basis and recovers the money from bank debtors. Every business has its pros and cons. The author faces countless problems. Her employees and family members were a part of sexual harassment, theft, mortgage issues, and many more things. She has to face competition in the market. The changes in technology and government policies also became hindrances. 

The author describes everything in detail. The South African people abandon their black children just because they want to live a white person's life. This book gives me a proper insight into South Africa. As a reader, I want to know more details about the author's relationship with her family while dealing with the work crisis. Do they support her? If they ever fight? Does the author also beat her daughters just like Doris? Does their marriage still base on that agreement? If she ever finds out about her father? I have so many questions, and I hope to get all my answers in the last book of her trilogy.

Just like her debut book, this book and her work are commendable. The journey of her life is phenomenal. Every writer needs a story to tell a story worth reading. For an autobiography, you need to live your life fully. You need worthy encounters. The author's life is full of different kinds of experiences. She did justice with her story, and the other characters were well described. But I wish to read more about her instead of government policies. Overall, it's a short and a good read. The language is simple. The book is informative. I recommend it to everyone

About the author - 
Louiesa Mynhardt is a self-made entrepreneur, founding member, and Managing Director of Sterling Debt Recoveries, a leading collection agency founded in 1998. She has a 40% shareholding in this business. Sterling Debt Recoveries provides efficient, large-scale services on a commission basis to large credit-granting institutions. She is a novice author born in Kliptown, Johannesburg, on 30 December 1957 and is married to Harold. They have two daughters: Maxine, currently aged twenty-one, is studying her fourth year Medicine in Europe, and Hayley, currently aged eighteen, is studying Accounting in the United States.

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