Too Late The Phalarope

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Simon and Schuster, 1953 - Fiction - 287 pages
52 Reviews
After violating his country's ironclad law governing relationships between races, a young white South African police lieutenant must struggle alone against the censure of an inflexible society, his family, and himself.
  

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Great writing, good story. - Goodreads
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Very good book, though not really a page turner. - Goodreads
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Diving into this book is taking a trip to South Africa. He puts you there so fast and so effectively with his beautiful writing and thoughtful prose. I think this book has a bit of weak start. The ... Read full review

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I found this book to be intriguing as well as sad. Alan Paton's style of of writing lends itself to the story. The characters, circumstances, and setting were perfectly written. I am saddened by his ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
14
Section 3
20
Section 4
29
Section 5
37
Section 6
64
Section 7
71
Section 8
76
Section 18
198
Section 19
204
Section 20
213
Section 21
222
Section 22
226
Section 23
233
Section 24
248
Section 25
252

Section 9
100
Section 10
109
Section 11
117
Section 12
140
Section 13
149
Section 14
165
Section 15
168
Section 16
178
Section 17
191
Section 26
259
Section 27
270
Section 28
274
Section 29
279
Section 30
282
Section 31
285
Section 32
289
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About the author (1953)

Alan Paton, a native son of South Africa, was born in Pietermaritzburg, in the province of Natal, in 1903. While his mother was a third-generation South African, his father was a Scots Presbyterian who arrived in South Africa just before the Boer War.
Alan Paton attended college in Pietermaritzburg where he studied science and wrote poetry in his off-hours. After graduating, he wrote two novels and then promptly destroyed them. He devoted himself to writing poetry once again, and later, in his middle years, he wrote serious essays for liberal South African magazines, much the same way his character, Arthur Jarvis, does in Cry, the Beloved Country.
Paton's initial career was spent teaching in schools for the sons of rich, white South Africans, But at thirty, when he was teaching in Pietermaritzburg, he suffered a severe attack of enteric fever, and in the time he had to reflect upon his life, he decided that he did not want to spend his life teaching the sons of the rich.
Paton was a great admirer of Hofmeyr, a man who dared to tell his fellow Afrikaners that they must give up "thinking with the blood," and "maintain the essential value of human personality as something independent of race or color." Paton wrote to Hofmeyr and asked him for a job. To his surprise, he was offered a job as principal of Diepkloof Reformatory, a huge prison school for delinquent black boys, on the edge of Johannesburg. It was a penitentiary, with barbed wire and barred cells, and under Hofmeyr's inspiring leadership, Paton transformed it. Geraniums replaced the barbed wire, the bars were torn down, and soon the feeling in the place changed.
He worked at Diepkloof for ten years, and though it was certainly a fertile period, at the end of it Paton felt so strongly that he needed a change, that he sold his life insurance policies to finance a prison-study trip that took him to Scandinavia, England, and the United States. It was during this time that he unexpectedly wrote his first published novel, Cry, the Beloved Country. It was in Norway that he began it, after a friendly stranger had taken him to see the rose window in the cathedral of Trondheim by torchlight, Paton, no doubt inspired, sat down in his hotel room and wrote the whole first chapter. He had no idea what the rest of the story would be, but it formed itself while he traveled. Parts were written in Stockholm, Trondheim, Oslo, London, and the United States. It was finished in San Francisco. Cry, the Beloved Country was first published in 1948 by Charles Scribner's Sons. It stands as the single most important novel in South African literature.
Alan Paton died in 1988 in South Africa.

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