Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton

Cry, the Beloved Country

By Alan Paton

  • Publication Date: 2003-11-25
  • Genre: Classics
4 Score: 4 (From 141 Ratings)

Book Overview

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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Users Reviews

  • I have not read this book

    5
    By illiterategal47
    I have not read this book before; therefore, I am not qualified to write a review.
  • BLANK!

    1
    By Slk67
    The book was there until I got to chapter 13 and it was gone. Every other chapter doesn't show up!
  • Shmeh

    3
    By Pnut :p
    It truly depends on what your into. As for being a teen, I found it quite exhausting. I had to read it for English class and ended up using sparknotes near the end. It's well written and all just the storyline is kinda bland.
  • Amazing.

    5
    By car.savoy
    I read this book in high school, recommended by my English teacher at the time. It's my favorite book for many reasons but mostly because Paton writes beautifully on such a tragic time in South Africa's history. Absolutely worth the read.
  • Great book

    5
    By Not a diehard fan
    It really resonates within you. Mind blowing.
  • Changed me

    5
    By Kirkules
    This is one of my favorite books of all time. My experience in this book changed me, realizing that there is there are different perspectives to which we should see life and situations. I think it is a beautiful story. Absolutely recommend.
  • i cannot stand this book

    1
    By Ime 3.9
    this book is the worst book i have ever read it made me fall asleep everytime i had to read it along with all my friends i recomend this to no one considering how bad of a book it is it is extreamly boring i dont know how anyone could ever like this book i mean if you want to read about a guy walking through africa to find people with really long confusing names feel free