Cry, The Beloved Country

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Findaway World Llc, 2007 - 94 pages
A work of searing beauty, Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of Stephen Kumalo, a Zulu pastor, and his son, Absalom. It is also the story of a land and a people riven by racial injustice, reflecting the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s. Alan Paton said of his book: It is a song of love for one's far distant country. Thus, it is a tale that is passionately African while also being timeless and universal. But ultimately, Cry, the Beloved Country is a work of love and hope, of courage and tragedy, born of the dignity of man.

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User Review  - scottjpearson - LibraryThing

This book tells the story of apartheid in South Africa. It tells an eye-opening and beautiful tale in succinct and beautiful English. I read this 300-page book in about 24 hours because I enjoyed it ... Read full review

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User Review  - smallself - LibraryThing

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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About the author (2007)

ALAN PATON, South African novelist and humanitarian worker, was born in 1903 in Pietermaritzburg in the province of Natal, South Africa. After attending Pietermaritzburg College and Natal University, he taught school for three years in the rural village of Ixopo, the setting for Cry, the Beloved Country.

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