Too Late The Phalarope

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Simon and Schuster, 1953 - Fiction - 276 pages
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The story of a young white South African police lieutenant, idolized in his Afrikaner community, who violates one of the strictest laws of that country governing the relationship between white and black. It is a portrayal of the desperate struggle within himself of a conscience-stricken man, a story told with almost unbearable suspense and bringing to life, in its unfolding, a whole family of unforgettable characters: Pieter the young police lieutenant himself; his old stern-faced Bible-reading patriarch of a father; and Pieter's Aunt Sophie, the loving woman who tells the story and through whose eyes we see Pieter as only the eyes of love could see him. Here is reaffirmation of the worth and dignity of man, a book the reading of which is a terrific but exalting experience. John Barkham, the noted reviewer, says, "Too Late the Phalarope is that rare and splendid thing: a second novel which is the equal of its unforgettable predecessor."--Adapted from jacket.
 

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User Review  - Helena81 - LibraryThing

4.5 really (I don't give 1/2 stars). A beautifully crafted book with an ominous sense of danger throughout. The themes of racial apartheid, temptation, and fall from grace permeate the novel. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - icolford - LibraryThing

This second novel by Alan Paton, who acheived instant fame for Cry, The Beloved Country, is another work that highlights injustice in aparthied South Africa. Pieter van Vlaanderen, a police lieutenant ... Read full review

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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. Paton's initial career was spent teaching in schools for the sons of rich, white South Africans, But at thirty, 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. He got a job as principal of Diepkloof Reformatory, a huge prison school for delinquent black boys, on the edge of Johannesburg. He worked at Diepkloof for ten years, and 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 stands as the single most important novel in South African literature. Alan Paton died in 1988 in South Africa.

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