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Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country (Barron's Book Notes)

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ISBN-13: 978-0764191602
ISBN-10: 0764191608
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Product Details

  • Series: Barron's Book Notes
  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (January 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764191608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764191602
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elbé on May 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am studying at the Uviversity of Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA, and are doing Cry the Beloved Country as a literature text. I think it is an excellent book which gives great insight on the situation in South Africa a few years ago. However, when I read the review of Melissa T. from West Bloomfield, MI, I was shocked to see that she actually thought that Stephen Kumalo travelled through "all parts of Africa" to look for his sister and son. He just got on the train at Carisbrooke and went straight to Johannesburg, one of the main cities in South Africa. The description of all the places they passed on their way to Johannesburg might have confused her, but I just wanted to set straight the fact that Africa is a large and diverse country, and not just the size of South Africa.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 1999
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I liked the book of Cry, The Beloved Country. The begining of the book was a little confusing, but then when I began to understand more of what was going on, I began to like the book. The book demonstrates the racism that existed in South Africa and how different types of people were treated. The book is about a parson from Ndotsheni who went to the city of Johannesburg to find some members of his family, who have moved there. Most of the book explains what happens while the man is in that city, and what happens afterwards when he comes home to his country. This book would seem like an interesting book to someone who likes to read about segregation and family life. This book is an exciting adventure, which includes many interesting suprises and evens. Overall, I learned many facts about South Africa and the life that people have there, while reading Cry, The Beloved Country.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 1999
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This was a book that I really enjoyed reading. The book was about an Umfundisi, Kumlo, who searches for his son and sister throughout parts of Africa. The book included sad and emotional events that made getting to know the characters easier. This book is very interesting and gives the reader a good mental picture of the suroundings and places that were visited. I loved how The journey consisted of so many different places around Africa, and not just one or two different places. This book involves true events of the past. The Natives are taken advantage, while the European's benfit. Read this book if you enjoy stories of the past interrelated with interesting characters and details.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 1999
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This novel paints a vivid picture of the tragic injustices that occurred in South Africa long ago. It portrays the life of a native man as he struggles to reclaim his old life. Umfundisi, reverend Kumalo's blind eyes are exposed to the dreaded reality of famine, fear, and inferiority. Kumalo ventures to Johannesburg to rejuvenate his lost sister and find his son Absalom. Through his triumphs and disappointments he clearly sees the ways of life and becomes consumed by them. His life begins to crumble, but his hope for the country grows. After descrimination, lies, murder, and betrayel, the only rejuvenation that will be done is the renovation of a country in trouble. This book's symbolic message moved me greatly on account of its horrible truth. It displays descrimination of the past and how it thrives through the future. This is a bold book that opens eyes and minds, but will leave your mouth closed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1998
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Paton's ability to get to the evil heart of racial prejudice and its appalling consequences, is without equal. The black/white equation is complexly expressed in that the whites are not all bad, nor are the blacks presented as being uniformly good. A truly moving narrative of great moral insights.
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I learned so much with this book. It showed me the struggles of both the white man and black man. It showed how there were white people who wanted to make a difference even though bad thing would happen in their lives. It also showed that the white man was actually scared of letting the black man have freedom because they were afraid what would happen, because they know that the black man should be angry with them. I really don't like reading but when I had to read this for school I couldnt put it down. I look foward to reading more of Paton's novel!
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By A Customer on June 15, 1998
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I think that Cry, The Beloved Country was a great book because it was exciting. I never knew what was going to happen next. One thing I didnt like about it was it was kind of confusing when they used South African words but it was still a great book. When I started this book I couldnt put it down. The Rev. was a man of great christian values, even when his kids did something not acceptable. He took in Absaloms wife and that was a great thing to do. In conclusion, I think that anyone could read this book.
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I enjoyed this wonderful descriptive book. It summarized a life of both a white and a black man in South Africa. This book explained the differences between the two races. It was enlightened with descriptive writing of the land and the people of the land. This was a great book to understand the similarities and the differences between the civil action in U.S. and the Parthia in South Africa. I recommend this book to any reader who is interested in life of South Africa.
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