EWL Book Editorials--

Monday, October 24, 2005

Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

The novel probing the tensions within the apartheid segregation system of mid-20th century South Africa.


  • The book Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton overall was an ok book. It takes place in South Africa. The book is about a priest who lives in a wealthy part of Africa and finds out that his sister is very ill who lives in a very bad part of Africa, along with his son who is not doing well either . When he arrives to them the worst of his thoughts come true. After reading the book I thought it was a well writing book but, I did not like it that much because it was to slow going. There also was not that much action, so I would recommend this book for a girl to read who likes books that have problems in them and also a sad ending. Also doing the project for this book was not that hard because the book was an easy read and the book explains every thing you need to know.

    By Blogger Conor M, at 1:48 PM  

  • Cry, The Beloved Country written by Alan Paton is a historical fiction novel set in South Africa during the apartheid. The plot follows a native priest, Kumalo in his search for his son in the city of Johannesburg. After he reunites with his son, he follows the murder of a white man. Paton investigates the perspective of the father of the murdered, and the father of the accused.

    I found this book very interesting and insightful into the troubles of the country. However I did not find the plot itself very captivating, I enjoyed what the author had to say about the social issues in South Africa.

    This book somewhat reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird or Secret Life of Bees. It relates to these novels in that they all deal with racial discrimination and the authors' messages to society were more memorable than the story line.

    I would recommend this book for anyone. I think it would open peoples' eyes to another culture and allow them to see humanity at its worst and best. However be prepared to be faced with unfamiliar vocabulary and different usage of familiar words.

    By Blogger KatieG, at 11:00 AM  

  • I read the book, Cry, The Beloved Country, by Alan Paton. It is a historical fiction novel.

    This book is about Stephen Kumalo's search for his son. He is from a small village called Ndotsheni, and ventures to Johannesburg to find his son. He suffers many trials and tribulations, and the book follows his journey.

    I overall loved this book. It was very intersting, and kept me involved the whole novel. Although it is a historical ficiton, it is not boring at all.

    On the surface, this novel would be easily compared to any other novel written about the conflicts between blacks and whites in South Africa, but it has so much more than just that. The story line is so gripping, and the reader learns so much more then just historical knowledge.

    This book would be good for someone who likes a heart-wrencher, and who understands symbolism. There are also a lot of words in Zulu, which makes the text a little harder to understand.

    My advice for doing this project would be to read the book!!!! That is the most important thing to do. If you don't read the book, doing the porject will be impossible. Also, practice active reading i.e. underlining, writing in the margins, etc. Finally, if you don't understand something about the book, talk with other people who are reading it or your teacher. I promise you, somebody will be able to help you out.

    By Blogger Sarah Barczuk, at 4:06 PM  

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