Too Late the Phalarope

Paperback | January 3, 1996

byAlan Paton

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From the author of Cry, The Beloved Country comes a powerful novel of terror and remorse “written in exquisitely balanced prose” (Chicago Sun-Times) about a white policeman who has an affair with a native girl in South Africa.

After violating his country’s ironclad law governing relationships between the races, a young white South African police lieutenant must struggle alone against the censure of an inflexible society, his family, and himself.

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After violating his country's ironclad law governing relationships between races, a young white South African police lieutenant must struggle alone against the censure of an inflexible society, his family, and himself.

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From the author of Cry, The Beloved Country comes a powerful novel of terror and remorse “written in exquisitely balanced prose” (Chicago Sun-Times) about a white policeman who has an affair with a native girl in South Africa.After violating his country’s ironclad law governing relationships between the races, a young white South Afric...

Political activist Alan Steward Paton was born on January 11, 1903 in Natal, South Africa. He attended Maritzburg College and Natal University. He taught at Ixopo High School and Maritzburg College. In 1935, he was appointed principal of Diepkloof Reformatory for African Boys in Johannesburg and became interested in race relations. Alt...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.8 inPublished:January 3, 1996Publisher:Scribner

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ISBN - 10:0684818957

ISBN - 13:9780684818955

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tragic Love Story Truly great tragic themes, are not all that common. The downfall of a South African police Lieutenant in this novel is Shakespearean in it's magnitude. Pieter is a man of exceptional towering physical beauty ; possesses a larger-than-life bearing in the Afrikaaner community ; and is a man who harbors a deep-seated torment. Tortured by his lust, Pieter longs for the type of fulfilling love that is abscent in his marriage ; and in that pursuit, violates one of the strictest laws of that country : he secretly has an affair with a local black woman. Pieter's battle with his sin is not at all sexually graphic in this novel. It is all psychological and moral. This flaw in his character eventually becomes exploited and Pieter is betrayed. The puritanical society of 1940's South Africa, sets the stage for Pieter to ultimately doom his family, his career, and himself. The Lieutenant's downfall is emotionally wrenching. A beautifully written novel.
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After violating his country's ironclad law governing relationships between races, a young white South African police lieutenant must struggle alone against the censure of an inflexible society, his family, and himself.