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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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"A beautiful novel, rich, firm and moving...to read the book is to share intimately, even to the point of catharsis, in the grave human experience treated." The New York Times

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"The greatest novel to emerge out of the tragedy of South Africa, and one of the best novels of our time." The New Republic

Synopsis:

An Oprah Book Club selection, Cry, the Beloved Country, the most famous and important novel in South Africa’s history, was an immediate worldwide bestseller in 1948. Alan Paton’s impassioned novel about a black man’s country under white man’s law is a work of searing beauty.

Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.

The eminent literary critic Lewis Gannett wrote, “We have had many novels from statesmen and reformers, almost all bad; many novels from poets, almost all thin. In Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country the statesman, the poet and the novelist meet in a unique harmony.”

Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.

About the Author

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 1992 in South Africa.

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Allisobro, April 20, 2013 (view all comments by Allisobro)
Although I hadn't read this book until recently (in my late 20s) I always had this faint understanding that is was a book about Apartheid, and I was surprised, after reading it, that the focus of this story was much less clear. While the issues with civil rights and the treatment of your fellow human being are based on Apartheid, the book deals with broader issues that this. It was hard not to apply a lot of the thoughtful quotes in the book to issues of unequal treatment to similar issues we deal with in the world today.
However, being the reader who is picky about formatting, I found it frustrating to read at times, because Paton's writing of dialogue made it difficult to distinguish which characters were speaking. Come on otherwise extremely talented authors, can we get some paragraphs and quotation marks?
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Cait, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by Cait)
Alan Paton's masterpiece is pure poetry disguised as historical fiction. No other book is as beautifully constructed or delves into issues still so relevant to humanity today.
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sammy4eva3, August 4, 2006 (view all comments by sammy4eva3)
this book gives a great insite into south africa and makes you relise how much people were fighting for a better s.a.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743262170
Author:
Paton, Alan
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Apartheid
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
cry the beloved country, alan paton, south africa, south african history, oprah book club, bestseller, international bestseller, oppression, racism, slavery, race relations, apartheid, black and white, paton, stephen Kumalo, John Kumalo, Reverend Msimangu
Subject:
cry the beloved country, alan paton, south africa, south african history, oprah book club, bestseller, international bestseller, oppression, racism, slavery, race relations, apartheid, black and white, paton, stephen Kumalo, John Kumalo, Reverend Msimangu
Subject:
cry the beloved country, alan paton, south africa, south african history, oprah book club, bestseller, international bestseller, oppression, racism, slavery, race relations, apartheid, black and white, paton, stephen Kumalo, John Kumalo, Reverend Msimangu
Subject:
cry the beloved country, alan paton, south africa, south african history, oprah book club, bestseller, international bestseller, oppression, racism, slavery, race relations, apartheid, black and white, paton, stephen Kumalo, John Kumalo, Reverend Msimangu
Subject:
cry the beloved country, alan paton, south africa, south african history, oprah book club, bestseller, international bestseller, oppression, racism, slavery, race relations, apartheid, black and white, paton, stephen Kumalo, John Kumalo, Reverend Msimangu
Subject:
cry the beloved country, alan paton, south africa, south african history, oprah book club, bestseller, international bestseller, oppression, racism, slavery, race relations, apartheid, black and white, paton, stephen Kumalo, John Kumalo, Reverend Msimangu
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reissue ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Oprah's Classics Book Club Selections
Series Volume:
108-225
Publication Date:
September 29, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 8.855 oz

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"Review" by , "A beautiful novel, rich, firm and moving...to read the book is to share intimately, even to the point of catharsis, in the grave human experience treated."
"Review" by , "The greatest novel to emerge out of the tragedy of South Africa, and one of the best novels of our time."
"Synopsis" by , An Oprah Book Club selection, Cry, the Beloved Country, the most famous and important novel in South Africa’s history, was an immediate worldwide bestseller in 1948. Alan Paton’s impassioned novel about a black man’s country under white man’s law is a work of searing beauty.

Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.

The eminent literary critic Lewis Gannett wrote, “We have had many novels from statesmen and reformers, almost all bad; many novels from poets, almost all thin. In Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country the statesman, the poet and the novelist meet in a unique harmony.”

Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.

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