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  Cry The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Review by: Leah T.
Alberta, Grade 10

In the novel Cry, The Beloved Country, the author Alan Paton does an excellent job of contrasting good and evil, in a world full of racial disputes and redemption. He does this by creating a story with such mystery and heartache; it encourages the reader to turn the page. Although the book may have heartache it is full of compassion to keep it a beautifully lyrical story. The story is about a Reverend, Stephen Kumalo, who travels by train to a big city called Johannesburg in search of his sick sister Gertrude and his son, Absalom, who had gone to find Gertrude. Now he has not heard from both of them in quite some time. In Johannesburg he finds himself searching for much more than his family and others, he finds himself in a whirlwind of an adventure to discover the truth about the people he loves the most and the city he heard so much of. In this story, the truth finds itself to be shocking and detailed. For Kumalo, the city becomes nothing but a place in the world full of racial injustice, and an upsetting place his missing family lives.
Kumalo痴 personality is humble and strong. He helps everyone and has deep insight to the world around him and how it should be. It is a benefit to have seen his actions and motives in the book to develop a deeper understanding of the novel to form an opinion on such a controversial issue. The people Kumalo meets also bring great compassion and excitement to the story. They help the troubled man along his journey, keeping the book interesting and insightful.

The author of this book Alan Paton is a creative writer who grew up in Pietermaritzburg, Natal Province. He was a South African author and anti-apartheid activist who died in South Africa in 1992. This is very significant when making connection to the novel. An anti-apartheid activist is someone part of the movement in boycotting against white people being the minority rule. Since the novel demonstrates the major inequality issue that is going on in Africa through a compassionate white man痴 eyes, we see how unbalanced the lifestyle really is. Having Alan Paton痴 background incorporates insight, and allows the story to become real in the reader痴 eyes and truthful.
I recommend this book to everybody who enjoys reading something soulful, realistic and adventurous. I enjoyed this book because I was able to read about somewhere in the world that is completely different from my way of life. It made me curious about places around the world that aren稚 so publicly viewed. It is an interesting novel and a historical lesson. Cry, The Beloved Country is an appreciated novel. Being able to read a moving story about the way life used to be in Africa is a privilege and anyone who reads this book will not be disappointed but will be enlightened to have read such a valuable novel.

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