Nelson Angstrom (Rabbit, Run) Nelson Angstrom is the little son of Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom in John Updike’s 1960 novel, “Rabbit, Run” and he grows up in the sequels, Rabbit Redux (1971), Rabbit is Rich (1981, Rabbit at Rest (1990), and the 2001 novella, Rabbit Remembered. Although Nelson, as he grows up and matures in the later novels, is a rather despicable character, it is in Run, Rabbit that we find the genesis of his later development. Here he is just an innocent toddler unlucky enough to have been born to two colossally selfish human beings, two people who only married because of Nelson’s having been conceived accidentally. Little Nelson is seen by his father to be a kind of ransom he’s had to pay to Mother Nature; even in his kindest moments, Nelson only serves as a reminder that his father’s life is over, not becoming. Add to this grim ambience the fact that his father leaves his mother and his mother accidentally (drunkenly) drowns his baby sister, and you have a sure-fire formula for more trouble ahead for poor Nelson. The sins of the fathers….
Full Nelson - a song by Limp Bizkit
Song for Nelson - a song by Self
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales (Nelson Mandela) - "A treasure for everyone in the family."--Bill Cosby. Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is a cause for celebration, landmark work that gathers in one volume many of Africa's most cherished folktales. Mandela, a Nobel Laureate for Peace, has selected these thirty-two tales with the specific hope that Africa's oldest stories, as well as a few new ones, be perpetuated by future generations and be appreciated by children throughout the world. In these "beloved stories, morsels rich with the gritty essence of Africa," we meet, among many others, a Kenyan lion named Simba, a snake with seven heads and a trickster from Zulu folklore; we hear the voices of the scheming hyena and learn from a Khoi fable how animals acquired their tails and horns. Several creation myths tell us how the land, its animals, and its people all came into existence under a punishing sun or against the backdrop of a spectacularly beautiful mountain landscape. Whether warning children about the dangers of disobedience or demonstrating that the underdog can--and often does--win, these stories, through their depiction of wise animals as well as evil monsters, are "universal in their portrayal of humanity, beasts, and the mystical." Recommended for ages 8-12.
Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Chris van Wyk) - Nelson Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, offers a glimpse into the mind of a great leader, admired across the globe for his dedication to the struggles against apartheid in South Africa. Now the youngest readers can discover the remarkable story of Mandela's long walk from ordinary village boy, to his dynamic leadership of the African National Congress, to his many long years in prison-and, at last, his freedom and astonishing rise to become the leader of his country. Recommended for ages 7-12.
Famous People Named Nelson - Nelson Mandela (activist, former President of South Africa); Nelson Rockefeller (former V.P. of the U.S.); Nelson Stewart (hockey player); Nelson Cruz (baseball player); Nelson Ascencio (actor/comic); Nelson Algren (author); Nelson DeCastro (comic book artist); Nelson DeMille (author); Nelson Eddy (singer/actor)
Famous People Who Named Their Son Nelson - Celine Dion (singer)
Nelson Mandela (18 Jul 1918 – Present) - Born in 1918 in a tiny village in South Africa, Nelson Mandela was actually given the birth name Rolihlahla Mandela. In the Xhosa language “Rolihlahla” literally translates to “pulling the branch of a tree” but figuratively means “troublemaker”. Indeed, Mandela did turn out to be a “troublemaker” but in the good sort of way. It was a primary school teacher who would later dub Mandela “Nelson” in keeping with the British bias so dominant in the education system of South Africa. Nelson would later study and become interested in South African history, learning how the tribal people lived in relative peace and harmony before the arrival of white man. By his early 20s, Mandela became active in the anti-apartheid movement. Apartheid was essentially the political system of South Africa which separated the native African Blacks from the European Whites while providing privileges to Whites which were denied the Blacks. Mandela led the movement against the status quo in a peaceful, non-violent way which would draw International sympathy and attention to his cause. He would also be sentenced to life in prison in 1962 on the trumped up charges of treason and sabotage where he would remain for 27 years. Following his release, Mandela led his political party in negotiations to establish a democracy. Not only did Nelson Mandela become South Africa’s first Black president, but he was also the first person elected in a fully democratic process. He served as President between 1994 and 1999. He was also co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with F. W. de Klerk, South Africa’s out-going President and the last of the apartheid-era country. Always believing in the inherent good of his fellow man, Nelson Mandela once said: "Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished."