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.
A lively, in-depth discussion of CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY. Students are taken on an exciting journey of discovery through every scene or chapter. Also included are unique text notes, ideas for themes and term papers, notes on the author's life as well as a glossary.
This classic South African novel by Alan Paton has now been successfully adapted for the stage by acclaimes playwright Roy Sargeant. Set in 1946, this is a moving story of a father's search for his son, the terrible discovery of the young man's crime and punishment, and the fate of their home village in rural KwaZulu-Natal. Remaining true to the novel, the play explores the themes of family relationships, human suffering and racial reconcilliation in a uniquely South African way.
Describes the background of Cry, the Beloved Country, discusses its themes, and looks at its critical reception
Camus's landmark novel traces the aftermath of a shocking crime and the man whose fate is sealed with one rash and foolhardy act. The Stranger presents readers with a new kind of protagonist, a man unable to transcend the tedium and inherent absurdity of everyday existence in a world indifferent to the struggles and strivings of its human denizens. This addition to the Bloom's Guides series features an annotated bibliography and a listing of works by the author for further reading.
A Study Guide for Alan Paton's "Cry the Beloved Country," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.
Essays and primary source documents dealing with African history and social conditions aid a critical analysis of the work.
Cry, the Beloved Country
Author: BookCaps Study Guides Staff
Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides
The perfect companion to Alan Paton's "Cry, the Beloved Country," this study guide contains a chapter by chapter analysis of the book, a summary of the plot, and a guide to major characters and themes. BookCap Study Guides do not contain text from the actual book, and are not meant to be purchased as alternatives to reading the book.
Alan Paton's novel tells the story of the South African people and their struggles in the wake of colonial rule.
Presents essays that examine race relations in "Cry, the Beloved Country," discussing such topics as whether the book is hopeful, the breakdown of tribal order, and the current condition of South Africa.
A distinguished collection of short pieces and essays written by Alan Paton that testify to the mounting and explosive violence that has rocked the modern history of South Africa.
Examines different aspects of Paton's novel about race relations in South Africa, with a biographical sketch of the author and critical essays on this work.
Cry, the Beloved Country
Author: Center for Learning Staff, Ruth L. Van Arsdale