Cry, the Beloved Country

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Vintage, 2002 - Classical fiction - 239 pages
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"Cry, the Beloved Country" is a beautifully told and profoundly compassionate story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set in the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s.

The book is written with such keen empathy and understanding that to read it is to share fully in the gravity of the characters' situations. It both touches your heart deeply and inspires a renewed faith in the dignity of mankind. "Cry, the Beloved Country" is a classic tale, passionately African, timeless and universal, and beyond all, selfless.

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Knowing, as I do now, that this story was published in 1948, in advance of the passage of legislation later that same year that would institutionalized the apartheid political system in South Africa ... Read full review

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This is a particularly significant and resonant book - the product of a white South African writing from the perspective of black South Africans at a time when apartheid was deeply entrenched. The ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (2002)

Alan Paton was born on January 11, 1903 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Paton became a science teacher in 1925, the start of a varied career, which ran parallel to his writing. He died in 1988.

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