Cry The Beloved Country



[EPUB] ✼ Cry The Beloved Country By Alan Paton – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 und Cry The Beloved Country the most famous and important novel in South Africa’s history was an immediate worldwide bestseller in 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 Cry The PDF \ 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

Alan Stewart Paton was born and educated in Pietermaritzburg KwaZulu Natal He started his career by teaching at a school in Ixopo where he met and married his first wife The dramatic career change to director of a reformatory for black youths at Diepkloof near Johannesburg had a profound effect on his thinking The publication of Cry The Beloved Country made him one of South Africa's.

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  • Hardcover
  • 316 pages
  • Cry The Beloved Country
  • Alan Paton
  • English
  • 22 May 2014
  • 9780743261951

10 thoughts on “Cry The Beloved Country

  1. says:

    A few years ago after twenty years out of high school I made a point to start rereading all of the classics assigned to me in school It has been an arduous yet uplifting task as I have experienced these classic books again through an adult mind In this the third year that I am participating in classics bingo I took the opportunity to revisit another high school book for the classic of the 20th century suare Alan Paton's Cry the Beloved Country seventy years later is still considered the greatest South African novel ever written It exposes worldwide readers to the race relations that the country has experienced during the modern era and the gap that still exists today The message that Paton writes can go along way toward the issues that modern nations experience to this dayStephen Kumalo is a simple parson who lives in the village of Ndotsheni Although he and his wife have always been happy with their lot in life his siblings John and Gertrude as well as his son Absalom were enticed by the bright lights of Johannesburg Paton describes Ndotsheni with breath taking prose and the people of the region till the land hoping to make due with their station Yet the land is parched and as readers find out later on the church is falling apart as well as this is what the white man has allotted to the native Zulu and Sesuto people Thus Johannesburg beckonsYet as Paton so elouently writes bigger isn't always better Problems upon problems befall native Africans from curfews and bus boycotts to wages in the diamond and gold mines and the unfortunate case of being black in a country ruled by whites Kumalo's daughter and son have fallen upon hard times and it is up to the parson to use his influence within the church network to bring them to safetyPaton through his characterization of Absalom Kumalo and Arthur Jarvis the man he is accused of murdering reveals the disparity between generations in South Africa The younger generation is working toward change in racial relations a change in which whites and blacks live side by side in peace and prosperity and Nkosi Sikelele Afrika becomes a reality The older entrenched generation might respect these viewpoints but for the most part they are not ready for these changes Arthur Jarvis' father James admits that his martyred son was of a brilliant mind but he is not ready a unified South Africa in which blacks and whites live respectfully together That Paton wrote this novel in the years following World War II and the defeat of fascism show how slow the rest of the world was to changeI appreciated how the older generation in the characters of Msimangu Stephen Kumalo and James Jarvis showed magnanimity toward the end of the novel Even though a heinous crime had been committed the fathers were not going to stand for the crimes of their sons and might even accept that a change is coming to a new South Africa In this era where race relations is unfortunately not a thing of the past perhaps Cry the Beloved Country would be an appropriate novel to discuss in high school English classes Yet with the exuisite prose and mature topics addressed I achieved from this book through adult eyes than I ever had during my high school years Classics bingo has given me the chance to revisit these lovely novels and I am happy for the opportunity to do so5 full stars

  2. says:

    This is a classic written by a white South African about a time before apartheid Two fathers one white one black and their sons It is stylistically unusual uotes are not used for example Conversation is indicated by leading dashes Also the speech is uite formal most of the time which conveys some of the culture of the place I expect Dark forces are abroad but hope shows its face here as well as there are leaders trying to prevent a descent into the madness to come Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absolom are the focus Absolom as an adult leaves to go to the big city Jo’burg He falls in with a bad crowd and is involved in a robbery He unintentionally shoots a man who surprises them The man an idealistic white is the son of Kumalo’s neighbor out in the country Kumalo goes in search of his missing son only to find him and this horror at the same time Characters are portrayed sympathetically white and black There is much shared fatherly pain much humanity here It is indeed a classic

  3. says:

    This isn't an infinitely uotable book but occasionally it produces a line that is devastatingly clear and true Lines like It was not his habit to dwell on what could have been but what could never be and “It is the duty of a judge to do justice but it is only the people who can be just” made me put the book down and stare dumbfounded at the wall But mostly this isn't a highly uotable book; it's a beautifully written riveting book where passages or entire halves of scenes are compelling streams of words readily understandable for actions and conversations and profound for their insights and suggestions into human life in adversity and prosperityIf you're going to write a borderline hopeless story do it like this Paton's prose is mostly readable and occassionally beautiful especially in his monologues letters and prayers For example The truth is that our Christian civilization is riddled through and through with dilemma We believe in the brotherhood of man but we do not want it in South Africa We believe that God endows men with diverse gifts and that human life depends for its fullness on their employment and enjoyment but we are afraid to explore this belief too deeply We believe in help for the underdog but we want him to stay under And we are therefore compelled in order to preserve our belief that we are Christian to ascribe to Almighty God creator of Heaven and Earth our own human intentions and to say that because He created white and black He gives the Divine Approval to any human action that is designed to keep black men from advancement It goes on but this should give you a sense of Paton's insight and rhetorical abilityPaton touches on almost every level of trouble in post colonial South Africa racism classism elitism residual imperical feelings how wealth corrupts natives arbitrary segregation the loss of family values the loss of social pride the abandonment of positive religious teachings the inability of government and the misunderstanding of the new laws It doesn't blame white people or black people; it creates individuals who embody multiple faults and when such people make up a new nation it shows how such a system could collapse and increase human suffering Paton does not rub this in your face; even his foreward explains that several of these people are real or are based on real people and his praises those who are working towards a better world This novel is every ounce about trying to do something This isn't literary bleakness or contemptable anti humanitarianism a strange view for any author to have given that all our authors are humans There are good people stuck in all of this and from the very first chapter you get a sense that this is if not a good place then a place that could be truly great The difference between Alan Paton here and Edith Wharton or Nathanael West in much of their writing is that the disappointment does not permeate the tone and the myopic view does not bias the story Paton is a far sympathetic writer able to capture the most dangerous elements of humanity in a way that is uniuely his own though we'd be better off if it became common

  4. says:

    This is the story of South Africa and it is the story of two fathers and two sons There is a moment in which the fathers meet face to face that contains everything there is of humanity and the struggle for understanding and compassion in men That moment left me eviscerated I love that this is not written in the spirit of good vs evil but in the spirit of man vs his baser instincts I sincerely loved Stephen Kumalo and Mr Jarvis and I felt both their heartaches Some books are meant to be written they well up from inside an author and spill onto the page because their message is one that must be voiced and this is such a book The history of South Africa is sad and like all colonializations it is complicated There is a way of life destroyed and no attempt to offer a replacement that is viable for the native population It suited the white man to break the tribe he continued gravely But it has not suited him to build something in the place of what is brokenIn the midst of this chaos and struggle Paton finds the wisdoms that make humans reflections of God Msimangu says But there is only one thing that has power completely and that is love Because when a man loves he seeks no power and therefore he has power The I contemplated that statement the profound it seemed to meMuch of what afflicts the people of South Africa at the time of this book’s publication has been remedied but its message is so strong and so important and so universal that it can easily be applied to much of what we continue to see in the world today And at a personal level there are the feelings of the men involved that are so true to feelings each of us have or may have This was almost the last thing that his son had done When this was done he had been alive Then at this moment at this very word that hung in the air he had got up and gone down the stairs to his death If one could have cried then don’t go down If one could have cried stop there is danger But there was no one to cry No one knew then what so many knew nowAre these not the thoughts that run through our minds at the moment of loss? Why didn’t I do this or that? Why wasn’t I watching closer? Why didn’t I speak up hold on stop fate by altering the time frame by one precious second?I understand that this novel is now included in many high school curricula and I applaud that Everyone should read it

  5. says:

    I am a teacher and after 34 years attempt to find new combinations in the catalogue of must reads I have done this as a staple for years Last year when deciding what I wanted to do kind of like window shopping for lovely clothes I decided to read this book after reading Hamlet I love the mirrored plot structure I adore the fact that the land is a character The moral imperative and subseuent hemming and hawing in Hamlet takes on a different light and life in the beautifully wrought uest into the valley of death by Stephen Kumalo The gentle prod of grace of uestions of moral hues and tones take me back to the wasteland scene in Hamlet After speaking with the captain on his way to death against the Polish Hamlet finally has his epiphany For Stephen the wasteland shifts but the same 20000 on their way to death in a mine is the same moral imperative My students are slowly putting the plots together and the depth that they are mining pun intended is impressive I am uite pleased They had trouble with the flow of dialogue at first but they also had trouble starting in medias res in Hamlet So goes the way with 15 and 16 year old students We are going to next move to Eliot's wasteland for a uick jaunt through 20th century gardens and graves Paton is a treasure put on his shoes or discover the link with the land through the unshod feet and understand how two men and their families their villages can wrestle with ethical dilemmas and the imperative of humanity Powerful when put together of particular delight one of my students noticed two items the use of Gertrude in both and also the idea of kairos I was so happy This is what makes books come alive When we share we grow

  6. says:

    I cant say enough about this book It is lyrically written reads almost like an epic out of Ireland The dialog between characters is straightforward and the book manages to give you a glimpse of Apartheid S Africa from the richest people to the poor urban laborers to the criminals to the peaceful rural farmers trying to maintain their land after many years of neglect This is a classic that I have read probably 3 or 4 timesMy copy is beat to hell but readable

  7. says:

    Cry The Beloved Country Alan PatonCry the Beloved Country is a novel by Alan Paton published in 1948 In the remote village of Ndotsheni in the Natal province of eastern South Africa the Reverend Stephen Kumalo receives a letter from a fellow minister summoning him to Johannesburg He is needed there the letter says to help his sister Gertrude who the letter says has fallen ill Kumalo undertakes the difficult and expensive journey to the city in the hopes of aiding Gertrude and of finding his son Absalom who traveled to Johannesburg from Ndotsheni and never returned In Johannesburg Kumalo is warmly welcomed by Msimangu the priest who sent him the letter and given comfortable lodging by Mrs Lithebe a Christian woman who feels that helping others is her duty عنوانها بنال وطن؛ گریه کن سرزمین محبوب؛ مویه کن، سرزمین مجبوب؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش بیست و نهم ماه جولای سال 1973 میلادیعنوان مویه کن سرزمین محبوب؛ نویسنده آلن پیتون؛ مترجم فریدون سالک؛ نادر ابراهیمی؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، 1348؛ در 353 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1357؛ عنوان بنال وطن؛ نویسنده آلن پیتون؛ مترجم سیمین دانشور؛ تهران، خوارزمی، 1351؛ در 291 ص؛ چاپ سوم 1354؛ چاپ پنجم اسفند 1361؛ عنوان گریه کن سرزمین محبوب؛ نویسنده آلن پیتون؛ مترجم هوشنگ حافظی پور؛ تهران، اردیبهشت، 1362؛ در 485 ص؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، مثبت، 1383؛داستان دربارهٔ مسئلهٔ تبعیض نژادی در آفریقای جنوبی است دربارهٔ کشیشی فقیر و پیر به نام استیون کومالو در روستای محروم و کوچک ایندوتشنی است که برای یافتن پسرش ابسالم کومالو به ژوهانسبورگ می‌رود او متوجه می‌شود که پسرش دختر نوجوانی را باردار کرده و مدتی نیز در دارالتأدیب بوده است کمی بعد پسرش را به جرم قتل یک مرد سفیدپوست بازداشت می‌کنند و ا شربیانی

  8. says:

    Just when I thought I had a handle on this book it got really complicated After getting over the shock of how much South African history and turmoil were skimmed over or ignored completely in my history classes I felt like this story outlined a pretty clear cut good guy vs an obvious bad guy My initial thoughts were that the natives were a perfectly content group of people who were just fine on their own until the Europeans stepped in and muddled up their entire culture I thought Johannesburg represented the whites the crime all the immoral behavior the fast paced city life and the constant uest for gold development and the native life was represented by Kumalo's village few possessions close family and community ties and the prevalent church But I should've known real life doesn't come in neat and tidy little boxes And this situation was much complicated than that At any rate this story taught me a lot about South Africa and the westernized help that white people are so anxious to provide And the loose ends leave me searching for South African literature

  9. says:

    A novel that we read in junior high in grade nine English to be exact Alan Paton's Cry the Beloved Country was likely the first school assigned literary classics offering that I truly and with all my heart and soul unreservedly enjoyed reading And while Cry the Beloved Country was not exactly an easy reading experience it was immensely satisfying intense emotionally riveting and personally very much appreciated as my parents were absolutely horrified and aghast that our English teacher would dare have us read a novel they themselves considered politically problematic as both of them were I guess afraid of me somehow turning into a raging Socialist or Communist as I had always had a very developed sense of justice versus injustice and was therefore often but especially upon reading Cry the Beloved Country vehemently and loudly pontificating that Apartheid was one of the most unjust and evil political and economic systems ever and needed to be changed pronto Highly recommended is Cry the Beloved Country and yes most definitely also suitable for teenagers although the issues encountered should no they must be discussed and debated and not to forget Alan Paton's exuisite writing style as we often seem to focus only on the contents and themes of novels whilst ignoring or at least skimming over uestions of stylistics parallelisms irony in other words the structures in and through which the contents and themes of novels of any writing are presented to and featured for potential readers

  10. says:

    This book is one of those classics that I'm glad I read but will probably never read again The themes are important racial euality morality forgiveness and the writing is lyrical but it's still hard to read Alan Paton doesn't use any uotation marks He chooses instead to preface each line of dialogue with a dash I could get used to this techniue if he were consistent with it but he's not Sometimes the dialogue is in the middle of a paragraph with no indication it's spoken aloud It drove me crazy having to re read everything to figure out if someone was talking or just thinking or if it was just the writer giving us informationThe story is set in South Africa and it helped me understand why that country has been such a mess for so long There are so many different races languages belief systems and classes it's a wonder anything gets done there at all It's interesting to see the effects of apartheid the growing pains of a country trying to find euality for all races It was written in the 40s so things have changed enormously since it was first published but it still functions as a cautionary tale It is infuriating inspiring slow moving but worth the time

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