Before I get to that, let me tell you what the book is about. Its about this South African "Sonny" during the pre-independence era, who is educated, intelligent and a freedom fighter and who has an affair with a white social activist "Hannah". The book is about the rise and fall of Sonny: his upbringing, his political struggle, his affair with Hanna, his relationship with his wife Aila, his favorite child Baby and son Will, before and after the affair, all mostly from the eyes (and heart) of his son. The story is short but very strong. It interweaves extremely sensitive topics like family and extra-marital affair with political struggle against racism and it is done beautifully.
The book keeps alternating between sections written from the son's point of view and those written from a third person's point of view. The sections shown as if written by the son mostly go on and on about how he is disgusted and feels betrayed by his father whom he once used to admire and idolize. It was good for a while like i said but then I eventually lost my patience and found his ramblings repititive. The rest shown from the third person's angle were about pieces where the son wasn't present or sometimes from the father's point of view as well which I found interesting. The transition between the sections happen all of the sudden and might get you confused. The writing isn't simple also because of the usage of complex sentences by the author.
If you ask me, I think its definitely a must read, mainly for the story and the characters (Strong and intriguing personalities, each one of them I must say) in it. Just ensure you are prepared for a young boy's rant about his father's betrayal.