Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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This is a new reading of Alan Paton's impassioned novel about a black man's country under white man's law. Set in the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s, Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of Stephen Kumalo, a Zulu pastor, and his son, Absalom. Written with keen compassion and understanding, the novel powerfully evokes the experience of a land and a people torn by racial injustice. Paton said of his book: "It is a song of love for one's far distant country." Thus, it is a tale that is passionately African while also being timeless and universal. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a work of love and hope, of courage and tragedy, born of the dignity of man.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781433243189
Branch Call Number: Streaming Hoopla Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 49 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: York, Michael 1939-
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SCL_Leanne Jul 18, 2017

South Africa’s history - a black man’s country under white man’s law.

lilylibrarian Apr 20, 2011

Here's a book I had long put off reading because I figured it had an axe to grind on the apartheid issue. I couldn't have been more wrong. This lyrical, beautifully told story describes the tremendous problems of apartheid without demonizing either side--in fact, much of the tragedy is that nearly everyone has good intentions, but simply can't decide on the best course of action. This tale of a society in turmoil, at threat of its collapse, is pertinent today. Reader Michael York is terrific, too!

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