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Cry, the Beloved Country (1948) [Novel]
by Alan Paton Rating: Weighted - 7.4 / Average - 7.4 of 10 (14 votes) (Rate!)
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An immediate worldwide bestseller when it was published 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 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 diginity of man.

Original title: Cry, the Beloved Country
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalAfrica


  • The 1995 Scribner Paperback Fiction edition erroneously states the author's year of death as 1992, probably as it is the year Apartheid ended, rather than 1988
  • Dedication: "To Aubrey & Marigold Burns of Fairfax, California"


Edition #1: Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country (1948)
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Language: English

  • "The greatest novel to emerge out of the tragedy of South Africa, and one of the best novels of our time." The New Republic
  • "A beautiful novel, rich, firm and moving... its writing is so fresh, its projection of character so immediate and full, its events so compelling, and its understanding so compassionate that to read the book is to share intimately, even to the point of catharsis, in the grave human experience treated." The New York Times
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Cry, the Beloved Country (1948)

ISBN: 0684818949

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