Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country Cry, The Beloved Country, The Most Famous And Important Novel In South Africa S History, Was An Immediate Worldwide Bestseller In 1948 Alan Paton S Impassioned Novel About A Black Man S Country Under White Man S Law Is A Work Of Searing Beauty 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 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.

Alan Stewart Paton was born and educated in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal He started his career by teaching at a school in Ixopo where he met and married his first wife The dramatic career change to director of a reformatory for black youths at Diepkloof, near Johannesburg, had a profound effect on his thinking The publication of Cry, The Beloved Country 1948 made him one of South Africa s Alan Stewart Paton was born and educated in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal He started his career by teaching at a school in Ixopo where he met and married his first wife The dramatic career change to director of a reformatory for black youths at Diepkloof, near Johannesburg, had a profound effect on his thinking The publication of Cry, The Beloved Country 1948 made him one of South Africa s best known writers It is a searing account of the inhumanity of apartheid told in a lyrical voice which emphasises Paton s love for the land and people of South Africa, and his hope for a change in the future It remains a world bestseller and probably one of the most recognisable titles from this country Paton became a fulltime writer after this novel, producing novels Too late the Phalarope 1953, Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful 1981 , two volumes of his autobiography Towards the Mountain 1980, Journey Continued 1988 , short stories and biographies of J.H Hofmeyr and Bishop Geoffrey Clayton among other writings Following his non racial ideals, he helped to found the South African Liberal Party and became its president He remarried after the death of his first wife and remained living in Durban until he died

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  • Hardcover
  • 316 pages
  • Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Alan Paton
  • English
  • 27 August 2018
  • 074326195X

10 thoughts on “Cry, the Beloved Country

  1. says:

    This is a classic, written by a white South African about a time before apartheid Two fathers, one white, one black and their sons It is stylistically unusual Quotes are not used, for example Conversation is indicated by leading dashes Also the speech is quite formal most of the time, which conveys some of the culture of the place, I expect Dark forces are abroad, but hope shows its face here as well, as there are leaders trying to prevent a descent into the madness to come Zulu pastor St This is a classic, written by a white South African about a time before apartheid Two fathers, one white, one black and their sons It is stylistically unus...

  2. says:

    This isn t an infinitely quotable book, but occasionally it produces a line that is devastatingly clear and true Lines like, It was not his habit to dwell on what could have been, but what could never be and, It is the duty of a judge to do justice, but it is only the people who can be just made me put the book down and stare dumbfounded at the wall But mostly this isn t a highly quotable book it s a beautifully written, riveting book where passages or entire halves of scenes are compel This isn t an infinitely quotable book, but occasionally it produces a line that is devastatingly clear and true Lines like, It was not his habit to dwell on what could have been, but what could never be and, It is the duty of a judge to do justice, but it is only the people who can be just made me put the book down and stare dumbfounded at the wall But mostly this isn t a highly quotable book it s a beautifully written, riveting book where passages or entire halves of scenes are compelling streams of words, readily understandable for actions and conversati...

  3. says:

    I am a teacher and, after 34 years, attempt to find new combinations in the catalogue of must reads I have done this as a staple for years Last year, when deciding what I wanted to do kind of like window shopping for lovely clothes I decided to read this book after reading Hamlet I love the mirrored plot structure I adore the fact that the land is a character The moral imperative and subsequent hemming and hawing in Hamlet takes on a different light and life in the beautifully wrough I am a teacher and, after 34 years, attempt to find new combinations in the catalogue of must reads I have done this as a staple for years Last year, when deciding what I wanted to do kind of like window shopping for lovely clothes I decided to read this book after reading Hamlet I love the mirrored plot structure I adore the fact that the land is a character The moral imperative and subsequent hemming and hawing in Hamlet takes on a different light and life in the beautifully wrought quest into the valley of de...

  4. says:

    Just when I thought I had a handle on this book, it got really complicated After getting over the shock of how much South African history and turmoil were skimmed over or ignored completely in my history classes, I felt like this story outlined a pretty clear cut good guy vs an obvious bad guy My initial thoughts were that the natives were a perfectly content group of people who were just fine on their own until the Europeans stepped in and muddled up their entire culture I thought Johannesbu Just when I thought I had a handle on this book, it got really complicated After getting over the shock of how much South African history and turmoil were skimmed over or ignored completely in my history classes, I felt like this story outlined a pretty clear cut good guy vs an obvious bad guy My initial thoughts were that the natives were a perfectly content group of people who were just fine on their own until the Europeans stepped in and muddled up their entire culture I thought Johannesburg represented the whites the crime, all the immoral behavior, the fast paced city life, and the constant quest forgold,development, , ,and the native life was represented by Kumalo s village few possessions, close family and community ties, and the prevalent church But I should ve known real life doesn t come in neat and tidy little boxes And this situation was muchcomplicated than that At any rate, this story ta...

  5. says:

    I cant say enough about this book It is lyrically written, reads almost like an epic out of Ireland The dialog between characters is straightforward, and the book manages to give you a glimpse of Apartheid S Africa, from the richest people, to the poor urban laborers,...

  6. says:

    Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan PatonCry, the Beloved Country is a novel by Alan Paton, published in 1948 In the remote village of Ndotsheni, in the Natal province of eastern South Africa, the Reverend Stephen Kumalo receives a letter from a fellow minister summoning him to Johannesburg He is needed there, the letter says, to help his sister, Gertrude, who the letter says has fallen ill Kumalo undertakes the difficult and expensive journey to the city in the hopes of aiding Gertrude and of fin Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan PatonCry, the Beloved Country is a novel by Alan Paton, published in 1948 In the remote village of Ndotsheni, in the Natal province of eastern South Africa, the Reverend Stephen Kumalo receives a letter from a fellow minister summoning him to Johannesburg He is needed there, the letter says, to help his sister, Gertrude, who the letter says has fallen ill Kumalo undertakes the di...

  7. says:

    This book is one of those classics that I m glad I read, but will probably never read again The themes are important racial equality, morality, forgiveness and the writing is lyrical, but it s still hard to read Alan Paton doesn t use any quotation marks He chooses, instead, to preface each line of dialogue with a dash I could get used to this technique, if he were consistent with it, but he s not Sometimes the dialogue is in the middle of a paragraph, with no indication it s spoken aloud This book is one of those classics that I m glad I read, but will probably never read again The themes are important racial equality, morality, forgiveness and the writing is lyrical, but it s still hard to read Alan Paton doesn t use any quotation marks He chooses, instead, to preface each line of dialogue with a dash I could get used to this technique, if he were consistent with it, but he s not Sometimes the dialogue is in the middle of a...

  8. says:

    I was supposed to read Cry, the Beloved Country my senior year of high school But you know how senior year is Well, I wasn t like that promise I wasn t one who started slacking because I had my acceptance letter to college in hand But I did decide that I didn t really care for English, and that I found my European History class muchfascinating, and thus I spent all my study time pouring over my history textbook instead of my English novels especially since the in class discussions w I was supposed to read Cry, the Beloved Country my senior year of high school But you know how senior year is Well, I wasn t like that promise I wasn t one who started slacking because I had my acceptance letter to college in hand But I did decide that I didn t really care for English, and that I found my European History class muchfascinating, and thus I spent all my study time pouring over my history textbook instead of my English novels especially since the in class discussions were detailed enough to ace the tests by.It was my loss, I guess, because this book is excellent More than a story of racial inequality, social problems, and injustice which is what I remember about the plot from high school , this is first and foremost a story of forgiveness and hope.There are many reasons for South Africa, the country commanded to cry in the title, to do just that poverty and famine drive many to choose paths that are less than admirable, sometimes immoral And there and many...

  9. says:

    Finished reading another amazing classic 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 This was a deeply moving eye opener book that will stay with me for a long time.Paton touches on almost every level of trouble in post colonial South Africa racism, classism, elitism, residual imperical feelings, how wealth corrupts natives, arbitrary segregation, the lo Finished reading another amazing classic 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 This was a deeply moving eye opener book that will stay with me for a long time.Paton touches on almost every level of trouble in post colonial South Africa racism, classism, elitism, residual imperical feelings, how wealth corrupts natives, arbitrary segregation, the loss of family values , social pride and other serious matters.the book is lyrically written If you re a beginner , you won t find it easy to read , the characters almost seem realistic and you get all sorts of feelings while reading it It will forever be stuck in your head even though the story is fairly simply told , the message behind it is much bigge...

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here What the. Why is this rating so high This book was tortuous to read Every page, DESPITE the wordings was worse than getting my eyelashes pulled.Oprah.Seriously Seriously Oprah Here s m...

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