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Cry, the Beloved Country (1948)

by Alan Paton

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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.… (more)
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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." There are many reports that it was immediately banned in South Africa. There are also reports said that only The Bible outsold "Cry, the Beloved Country."
  LMariaHG | Jul 17, 2022 |
I guess I missed this book in high-school. I watched the movie and was flummoxed by the ending but the book cleared it up. A very good book, lyrical writing, highly recommend. ( )
  charlie68 | Mar 1, 2022 |
This is an excellent book. ( )
  doryfish | Jan 29, 2022 |
Beautiful. A piece of poetry, and mercy, and secrets, and wonderment. ( )
  et.carole | Jan 21, 2022 |
David Powlison recommends this book as one that all pastors should read. It began slowly, but picked up the pace and pulled me in as the plot began to develop. Life is messy and demands responses that sometimes test the character and fortitude of a man. Sorrows and affliction abound in the life of the protagonist, a Zulu priest living during the time period that prefigured apartheid South Africa. Native crime and the breakdown of the land and tribal system are a pair of major themes. ( )
  joshcrouse3 | Sep 17, 2021 |
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Alan Patonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Aasen, FinnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Callan, EdwardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gannett, LewisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hillelson, JohnPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leonardo, ToddCover photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Majorick, B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moppès, Denise VanTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scibner, Charles, Jr.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Mary AnnCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Moppès, DeniseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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To Aubrey & Marigold Burns of Fairfax, California
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my wife
and to my friend of many years
JAN HENDRIK HOFMEYR
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It is true that there is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills.
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It is not permissible to add to one’s possessions if these things can only be done at the cost of other men. Such development has only one true name, and that is exploitation.
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 a valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.
Cry for the broken tribe, for the law and the custom that is gone. Aye, and cry aloud for the man who is dead, for the woman and children bereaved. Cry, the beloved country, these things are not yet at an end.
All roads lead to Johannesburg.
When people go to Johannesburg, they do not come back.
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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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