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Cry, the Beloved Country

16 Ratings: 2.8
A 1948 novel by Alan Paton

In search of missing family members, Zulu priest Stephen Kumalo leaves his South African village to traverse the deep and perplexing city of Johannesburg in the 1940s. With his sister turned prostitute, his brother turned labor protestor and his son, … see full wiki

Author: Alan Paton
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Scribner
5 reviews about Cry, the Beloved Country
review by . September 23, 2010
Alan Paton was a very great man. In addition to being an author, he spent many years managing a large reformatory, bringing to the inmates some amazingly humane ways of doing things. If prison is intended to reform criminals, to make them happy and productive members of society, Paton was one of the most successful penologists in history. That he did this in South Africa with a group of predominately black inmates, just before apartheid became law, makes his achievement all the more remarkable. …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
My all-time favorite book. Such an interesting means of telling the story and so gripping.
Quick Tip by . June 05, 2010
An extraordinary novel by Alan Paton that looks at racial relationships in South Africa. In addition to its social message, the book is about two fathers coming to terms with their sons' fates and learning to forgive each other in order to redeem themselves. Both lyrical and poignant, this is another classic of the past century.
review by . October 05, 2003
Cry, the Beloved Country is a very moving novel about a black man's country under white man's law. Anyone who is interested in race relations, history, or the African language will enjoy this book like I did. This is an insightful book in which I learned a lot about South Africa. I learned that Johannesburg was the center of the gold mine industry. Many people left their small tribal villages to work there in 1946 which is the year this novel is set in. The basic premise of Cry, The Beloved Country …
review by . January 25, 2001
Of the (literally) thousands of books I have read in my life, this is still my favorite. I first read it as a freshman in high school (in 1960, when apartheid was still the law of South Africa), and the sheer beauty of the language took away my breath. The words were so powerful that I memorized many portions of the text, just so I would be able to repeat the words aloud whenever I wished. When JFK was assassinated in 1963, I gave a presentation to my senior English class, and began it with the …
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