Seven Day Book Challenge – No 4: Cry, The Beloved Country

Book Number Four: Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

(First published by Jonathan Cape in 1948)

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This book is subtitled: A story of comfort in desolation.   Perhaps I need say no more. It is a wonderful novel that reads almost as the most poignant documentary – the story of a Zulu parson’s search for his son in a Johannesburg immersed in the racial problems of South Africa at that time.

There is a sense of inevitability about where the search will lead. The landscapes are beautifully described – realized as places carrying the emotion of the people and burdens of the country and its history – and it feels like a eulogy to this ‘beloved country’ as well as to what the love of a father can overcome. So achingly sad. Get the tissues ready.

 

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