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Alan Paton (1903–1988)

Autor(a) de Cry, the Beloved Country

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About the Author

Political activist Alan Steward Paton was born on January 11, 1903 in Natal, South Africa. He attended Maritzburg College and Natal University. He taught at Ixopo High School and Maritzburg College. In 1935, he was appointed principal of Diepkloof Reformatory for African Boys in Johannesburg and mostrar mais became interested in race relations. Although he intended to become a full-time writer after the publication of his first book, he instead became involved in politics. He was a member of the Liberal Party of South Africa, serving as vice-president, chairman, and president before the party was forced to disband in 1968 because of its anti-apartheid views. Paton is best known for his political activism and his first novel, Cry, the Beloved Country. He also wrote a second novel, Too Late the Phalarope, and two autobiographies, Toward the Mountains and Journey Continued. He died on April 12, 1988 in Lintrose, Botha's Hill, Natal. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Alan Paton

Cry, the Beloved Country (1948) 9,306 exemplares
Too Late the Phalarope (1953) 668 exemplares
Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful (1981) 299 exemplares
Instrument of Thy Peace (1967) 224 exemplares
Tales from a Troubled Land (1961) 117 exemplares
Debbie Go Home (1961) 71 exemplares
Kontakion for You Departed (1969) 33 exemplares
Hofmeyr (1964) 12 exemplares
Save the Beloved Country (1987) 10 exemplares
The Long View (1968) 8 exemplares
Lost City of the Kalahari (2005) 7 exemplares
Hope for South Africa 5 exemplares
Sponono: A Play in Three Acts (1965) 5 exemplares
South Africa in Transition (1956) 4 exemplares
Selected Letters (2009) 4 exemplares
The Hero of Currie Road (2008) 4 exemplares
South Africa 2 exemplares
Eri bay āgare 1 exemplar
South Africa Today 1 exemplar
Apartheid 1 exemplar

Associated Works

On the Firing Line: The Public Life of Our Public Figures (1989) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season (1656) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Southern African Stories (1985) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
A Quarto of Modern Literature (1935) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
The Track to Bralgu (1978) — Prefácio, algumas edições28 exemplares
Stories to Remember: Literary Heritage Series (1967) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Cry, the Beloved Country [1995 film] (2003) — Original novel — 12 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



AbneyLibri | 180 outras críticas | Feb 19, 2024 |
I had read that, as popular as Cry, the Beloved Country is, this work (published in 1953) is generally considered his best. Having only read these two novels and a collection of Paton’s short stories, I don’t know if I have enough familiarity with his work to pass judgment but I will say that this is a very impressive work. Paton succeeds brilliantly in getting into people’s minds and it is hard to imagine that his ability to do so or his understanding of how people think could be improved upon. It is not a surprise that Paton was brought up in the Christadelphian Church, a sect that believes in the absolute primacy of the Bible, among other things. His very deep knowledge of the Bible comes through on every page. More than intellectual familiarity with what the lines in the Bible say, Paton demonstrates a profound understanding of the complexity of human beings, of good and evil, and of the nature of shame, honesty, and acceptance. Indeed, much of the book is a meditation on belief and how it does (versus how it “should”) govern our behavior. The novel is the story of an upright young (white) police officer who transgresses the color line in apartheid South Africa in the 1950s. The act is not only a serious legal problem but far more so a family problem as he is from an old Boer (Dutch) family with strict cultural and religious standards. What happens is almost impossible to see happening any other way and Paton’s telling of the story, both in how and what people do as well as how and what they think, is masterful. He is especially impressive at depicting the conscience at work. Though I understand the compelling nature of Cry, the Beloved Country, I cannot understand why this novel isn’t far better known.… (mais)
Gypsy_Boy | 14 outras críticas | Feb 16, 2024 |
Serious "white guy writing about black people" vibes here, but undeniably powerful. Also useful as a picture of a place and time.
aleshh | 180 outras críticas | Jan 12, 2024 |
Another historical fiction that was probably just contemporary fiction at the time (published 1947, and I think the year is mentioned as 1946 at some point in the novel?), and my second book extra credit for Feb/March for Biere Library book club! I actually never read this in high school, so this was my first time through and I can see why: goes over a historical period, compelling conflicting points of view, and some lyrical writing. Also, another accidental foray into another piece of media thinking about fatherhood as Stephen Kumalo and Jarvis consider the incident between their sons.

I did audiobook due to infant wrangling in this season, and while I really did like Michael York's narration, the Zulu and Afrikaans words really should be read (physical editions also have glossaries, I'm told) as I spent the first third thinking Kumalo's home village was "Indochine" and wondered at the global nature of place names.
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Daumari | 180 outras críticas | Dec 28, 2023 |


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