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Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country

by Alan Paton
Trade Paperback, 316 pages
Current Retail Price: $16.00

An immediate worldwide bestseller when it was published in 1948, Alan Paton's impassioned novel about a black man's country under white man's law is a work of searing beauty. This 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.

Set in South Africa in the 1940's, and written from Kumalo's perspective, the reader can begin to grasp the culture and mindset of a native of South Africa. The other characters and the situations they face are not shallow and stereotypical and it is easy to enter, often with sympathy, into the perspectives and motivations of a wide range of characters.

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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Summary: Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo faces deep personal tragedy in Johannesburg, where he goes to assist an ailing woman and loses his son.

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  A Life Changing Story
Willow White of Washougal, 8/25/2016
I strongly believe that this book should be read by everyone. Not just because of the antiracist message but also because of the example of Christ's love shown through his servant, Kumalo. In the story an African pastor gets a letter about his lost sister and sets out to find her and bring her home. While he is in Johannesburg he finds not only his sister and her child but also finds there brother and his son whom he thought he had lost to the ways of the white men. The story is well written and touching.