Cry, the Beloved Country

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1948 - Africa - 283 pages

Paton's deeply moving story of Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set against the backdrop of a land and people riven by racial inequality and injustice, remains the most famous and important novel in South Africa's history. Published to coincide with the Miramax film release in December, starring James Earl Jones and Richard Harris.

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This is a great book, and it really is about Africa. The author had enough selflessness to let it be about the land, and not about himself personally. Personality is fine, of course, but it’s thin food if it’s all you have. Really this is a great moral book. Read full review

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Published 1948; set in South Africa 1946 Zulu parson Stephen Kumalo travels to Johannesburg from his home village in response to a letter about his much younger sister Gertrude who has fallen into an ... Read full review

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About the author (1948)

Political activist Alan Steward Paton was born on January 11, 1903 in Natal, South Africa. He attended Maritzburg College and Natal University. He taught at Ixopo High School and Maritzburg College. In 1935, he was appointed principal of Diepkloof Reformatory for African Boys in Johannesburg and became interested in race relations. Although he intended to become a full-time writer after the publication of his first book, he instead became involved in politics. He was a member of the Liberal Party of South Africa, serving as vice-president, chairman, and president before the party was forced to disband in 1968 because of its anti-apartheid views. Paton is best known for his political activism and his first novel, Cry, the Beloved Country. He also wrote a second novel, Too Late the Phalarope, and two autobiographies, Toward the Mountains and Journey Continued. He died on April 12, 1988 in Lintrose, Botha's Hill, Natal.

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