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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
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.