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My all-time favorite,
This review is from: Cry, The Beloved Country (Paperback)
Of the (literally) thousands of books I have read in my life, this is still my favorite. I first read it as a freshman in high school (in 1960, when apartheid was still the law of South Africa), and the sheer beauty of the language took away my breath. The words were so powerful that I memorized many portions of the text, just so I would be able to repeat the words aloud whenever I wished. When JFK was assassinated in 1963, I gave a presentation to my senior English class, and began it with the section of this book that starts: "There is not much talking now, a silence falls on them all...." The class was mesmerized at Mr. Paton's eerily appropriate words, and tears were shed. I've always encouraged my own children to read and they are almost as voracious with books as their dad. Needless to say, this is one of the books I highly recommend to them, because of the excellent writing, and I highly recommend it to you for the same reason.
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Initial post: May 26, 2013 5:41:55 AM PDT
A. Rader says:
In 1961, my 8th grade English teacher distributed copies of this book to the class. We'd barely begun reading the book when we were told to take out our books so they could be collected and destroyed. The local library had no idea why all of a sudden there was a long waiting list (of 8th graders) eager to check out the book.
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