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Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton
Cry, the Beloved Country
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Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the... show more
Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much." The most famous and important novel in South Africa's history, and an immediate worldwide bestseller when it was published in 1948, Alan Paton's impassioned novel about a black man's country under white man's law is a work of searing beauty. The eminent literary critic Lewis Gannett wrote, "We have had many novels from statesmen and reformers, almost all bad; many novels from poets, almost all thin. In Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country the statesman, the poet and the novelist meet in a unique harmony." Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780743262170 (0743262174)
ASIN: 743262174
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Linda78
Linda78 rated it
4.0 Cry, the Beloved Country
This book is depressing, and hopeful, and depressingly hopeful. When Paton wrote this, apartheid was still a few years away from becoming reality, but you can see the roots of it here as Kumalo leaves his village and goes into the city of Johannesburg to look for his sister and son. He finds himself...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
1.0 Cry, the Beloved Country (Oprah's Book Club)
I hated this book--but don't mind me, mine is very much a minority report. This was assigned to me in high school, and I hated this then and resorted to Monarch Notes to spare myself. And mind you, this isn't a long book--less than two hundred pages. I saw one of the reasons I undoubtedly disliked i...
Chrissie's Books
Chrissie's Books rated it
4.0 Cry, the Beloved Country (Oprah's Book Club)
Beautiful writing, that is why this book gets four stars. But what do I mean by beautiful writing? That can mean so much. Here every sentence is simple. Every thought is simple. It is writing where all words that can be removed are removed. What remains is clear and concise and beautiful. The core i...
jennifer mills
jennifer mills rated it
4.0 Cry, the Beloved Country
*weeps*
meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it
Beautifully written, difficult in content, rich in character and long streams of narration. Cry, The Beloved Country tackles many issues in South Africa head on (or at least it seems so to me, but I have a regrettable lack of knowledge of South African history.) Or should I say Africa? In the book, ...
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