Too Late The Phalarope

by Alan Paton

Scribner | November 29, 2011 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Too Late The Phalarope is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Too Late the Phalarope is set in South Africa, as well as its predecessor, Cry, The Beloved Country. And like that earlier novel, Too Late The Phalarope uses the lives of ordinary people to illustrate the inhuman quality of South African apartheid.
Racial segregation is odious in concept, impossible in application. To prove it, Paton tells us the story of Pieter, a white policeman, who has an affair with a native girl. He is betrayed and reported, and thus brings shame on himself and his family.

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Published: November 29, 2011

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1451676875

ISBN - 13: 9781451676877

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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.
Date published: 2008-01-19

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Too Late The Phalarope

by Alan Paton

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: November 29, 2011

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451676875

ISBN - 13: 9781451676877

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Too Late the Phalarope is set in South Africa, as well as its predecessor, Cry, The Beloved Country. And like that earlier novel, Too Late The Phalarope uses the lives of ordinary people to illustrate the inhuman quality of South African apartheid.
Racial segregation is odious in concept, impossible in application. To prove it, Paton tells us the story of Pieter, a white policeman, who has an affair with a native girl. He is betrayed and reported, and thus brings shame on himself and his family.

About the Author

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. Although he intended to become a full-time writer after the publication of his first book, he instead became involved in politics. He was a member of the Liberal Party of South Africa, serving as vice-president, chairman, and president before the party was forced to disband in 1968 because of its anti-apartheid views. Paton is best known for his political activism and his first novel, Cry, the Beloved Country. He also wrote a second novel, Too Late the Phalarope, and two autobiographies, Toward the Mountains and Journey Continued. He died on April 12, 1988 in Lintrose, Botha's Hill, Natal.