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  • Published: New York, C. Scribner's Sons, 1948.
  • Year Published: 1948
  • Description: ix, 278 p. 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 860

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  • 0743262174 :
  • 0684818949 :


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Cry, the beloved country

by Paton, Alan.

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Deep and engaging

Geez, what a book to finish the day after Nelson Mandela completes his journey on this earth.

It's still an amazing book to read to understand how deep the challenges of race and land and poverty go, quite frankly not only in South Africa, but around the world. A story of some who cannot change, some for whom it is too late to change, and some who find their eyes being opened. It is a story of pain, and of compassion.

And I cried, at the end.


One of my favorite things about this book is its lyrical quality. No matter how sad the book gets, its beautiful prose helps get you through. The book follows several black characters in South Africa as they work for equal rights. They experience setbacks, betrayals, and disappointments, but they strength and justice of their cause never wavers.

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