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 Alan Paton s impassioned novel about a black man s country under

  • Title: Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Author: Alan Paton
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  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 nCry, 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.

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    1. 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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    1. 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 Stephen K [...]

    2. 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 stre [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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, to the criminals, to the peaceful rural farmers trying to maintain their land after many years of neglect This is a classic that I have read probably 3 or 4 times.My copy is beat to hell, but readable.

    6. 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 findin [...]

    7. 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 It dro [...]

    8. 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 much fascinating, 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 detaile [...]

    9. 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 o [...]

    10. 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 my summary of it Man goes to find son who dies because he killed some guy, man goes back home.The end.

    11. Audiobook narrated by Frederick Davidson.And old man, a Zulu pastor in a small impoverished South African town, has lost three dear relatives to the big city His brother, John, has gone to Johannesburg and opened a business He no longer writes His much younger sister, Gertrude, took her son to Johannesburg to look for her husband who had gone previously to find work the husband never wrote, and Gertrude has not written And finally his son, Absalom, went to Johannesburg to look for his aunt, and [...]

    12. 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 is left, and that core says exactly what has to be said.The book is about Africa, South Africa in particular and racial injustice in this country It is about right and wrong and men s strengths and weaknesses [...]

    13. This was a deeply moving book that will stay with me for a long time It falls into the elite category on my bookshelf of I will read this again and again I loved Paton s writing styleort, concise sentences and the dialogue written without quotation marks as well as the social themes in the book made this very reminiscent of another of my all time favorites, The Grapes of Wrath The book looks at themes of equality and social justice in pre apartheid South Africa from both sides of the race equati [...]

    14. This was my first introduction to apartheid South Africa, and oh did it blow me away Fantastic narrative concentrating on the human dimensions of a political tragedy Thank God this abominable system is no .

    15. We are moving to South Africa so I thought I had better read this bestseller from 1948 I listened to the audiobook performed by the actor, Michael York His incredible voice changes helped me visualize the characters however, I should have read the book as my weakest learning style is auditory and it took me awhile to get the African village names and characters sorted The Reverend Stephen Kumalo, who lives in Ndotsheni, a village in eastern South Africa, receives a letter saying his sister, Gert [...]

    16. I love this book It is one of my all time favorites The author had the beautiful ability to write about the tragedies in South Africa and at the same time interweave a deeply moving story of two fathers having the worst experience of their lives The gripping sadness of the experience is overshadowed by the love and faith of a father who is just trying to do the right thing Alan Paton s prose and insight make for an awesome reading experience I highly recommend this book not only for reading plea [...]

    17. After hearing of Bryson s call to South Africa, it made me remember this book I read years ago It is a fantastic book that opens your eyes to the cultural and political challenges in South Africa Since I read it so long ago, the following is an official review Cry, the Beloved Country is a monument to the future One of South Africa s leading humanists, Alan Paton vividly captured his eloquent faith in the essential goodness of people Nelson Mandela The book is Alan Paton s ode to his complex hom [...]

    18. A novel that we read in junior high grade nine English, to be exact , Cry the Beloved Country was likely the first literary classics offering that I truly and with all my heart and soul enjoyed It was not exactly an easy reading experience, but it was immensely satisfying, intense, emotionally riveting, and personally much appreciated, as my parents were horrified and aghast that our English teacher would dare have us read a novel they themselves considered politically problematic both of them w [...]

    19. 3,5 stars really interesting to Read about the apartheid and All the nasty things That happened in South Africa Also, I Love Alan Patons style of writing a little boring at Times but overall a good novel.

    20. Read Harder has really delivered some winners for me this year This is one I ve been meaning to read for so long, and now I ve read it, I can t believe how long it took me to get here Paton s most celebrated novel is a novel about a place, and how inextricably a place can be linked to our sense of self It is also a novel about how a place we love can betray us, and how we can betray it This novel, than anything else I ve read, has made me feel like I understand South Africa a place where divers [...]

    21. Very absorbing read of two fathers in South Africa during apartheid, one black and one white The son of the white father is well known in Johannesburg as a prominent speaker against apartheid and is loved by both communities, when is he killed by the son of the black man The two fathers are distraught, confused, and suffering Get The Tissues.

    22. It s hard to really write a description of this book Yes, there is plot and structure and story, but the book isn t really about that It is a book about love and grief and hope and despair It s about fathers love for their children, despite their choices, about love for one s country and homeland, even when its structure is not ideal or right It s about how wrong and right choices both effect not only ourselves but those around us with far reaching ripples It s about poetry and beauty even in th [...]

    23. I wanted to like this book than I did If I m awarding star ratings for the books message, then it s 5 stars However, if I m honest about how much I enjoyed the reading experience, or how eager I was to pick it up, then I have to admit that I didn t love it In terms of the story, I cannot fault the book There is nothing I would change about the plot, all the themes of heartbreak were perfectly placed There was also inspiration to be found in the end message, which again, was faultless So what wa [...]

    24. I admired this book a lot, but I never quite loved it It s often affecting and there are sections that are quite beautiful And it s a kind book, which I really liked There s a deep seated optimism and kindness that really permeates throughout I liked the last 20 30 pages quite a lot.But it s very distant from its characters the style throughout is biblical, which gives the prose a solid sternness that s interesting and sometimes impressive but also pretty distancing The characters with fleeting [...]

    25. I read this book in high school and loved it for the story That was in the 1960 s when apartheid was in full swing and Mandela was in prison This time I loved the story fortunately some of the racial and political problems have been solved but was also able to appreciate the beautiful, lyrical prose I have shed many tears while reading this, most in last section of the book, which is the section that brings some hope to the situation in a 1940 s South Africa that is pre apartheid but a country t [...]

    26. There are so many layers of meaning in this book You can t just close it after the last page and say, Yep, I read it Here s what it s about The story is fairly simply told, almost understated, but you can feel the author s love for his country and its people, warts and all There s so much to explore here about hope, despair, love, exploitation, forgiveness, and perseverance My greatest admiration goes to the Jarvis character for the way he deals with his grief and shows his forgiveness through a [...]

    27. Had I known what this was about, and had not judged this book by the title which led me to assume that this would be another depressing commentary on Apartheid , I would have picked it up YEARS ago Contrary to what the title suggests, this book highlights the hope in South Africa, even before the dark days of Apartheid really began It shows forgiveness, and people of different races working together It does not shy away from the problems the exploitation of black people who were forced to work f [...]

    28. I last read this book in High School I had forgotten, or failed to appreciate, the brilliance of this story I liked the way the story is told through the experiences of the two fathers and the style of the writing I also liked how the book looked at the various views of the whites and blacks which so bought to life the arguments presented in The Colonizer and the Colonized and was how Paton almost predicted the future of apartheid and what happened when apartheid ended.

    29. Cry, the Beloved Country is the story of a Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo who reluctantly must leave his rural life to go and find his son Absalom and sister Gertrude who have been swallowed up by Johannesburg in South Africa of the 1940s.There is a lot to love about this book, beautifully written, compulsive reading, and satisfyingly messy with all the different voices and views captured well and the most part sympathetically The notable exception is the voice of black South Africans who agitated a [...]

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