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Cry, the beloved country
2003
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Characters
Stephen Kumalo (Male), Priest, Zulu, Anglican, Father, Searching for his missing son in Johannesburg; rural minister
James Jarvis (Male), White, Married, Father, Wealthy, Grieving the loss of his murdered son, a renowned social reformer
Absolom Kumalo (Male), Zulu, Stephen's son
Genre
Classic
Sociological
Psychological
Fiction
Topics
Apartheid
Injustice
Corruption
Overcoming adversity
Missing persons
Cultural differences
Fathers and sons
Personal tragedy
Hope
Redemption
Setting
Ixopo, Ndotsheni, South Africa - Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa - Africa
South Africa - Africa
Time Period
1940s -- 20th century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

In search of missing family members, Zulu priest Stephen Kumalo leaves his South African village to traverse the deep and perplexing city of Johannesburg in the 1940s. With his sister turned prostitute, his brother turned labor protestor and his son, Absalom, arrested for the murder of a white man, Kumalo must grapple with how to bring his family back from the brink of destruction as the racial tension throughout Johannesburg hampers his attempts to protect his family. With a deep yet gentle voice rounded out by his English accent, Michael York captures the tone and energy of this novel. His rhythmic narration proves hypnotizing. From the fierce love of Kumalo to the persuasive rhetoric of Kumalo's brother and the solemn regret of Absalom, York injects soul into characters tempered by their socioeconomic status as black South Africans. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.
Summary
"The greatest novel to emerge out of the tragedy of South Africa, and one of the best novels of our time." -- The New Republic <br> <br> "A beautiful novel...its writing is so fresh, its projection of character so immediate and full, its events so compelling, and its understanding so compassionate that to read the book is to share intimately, even to the point of catharsis, in the grave human experience." -- The New York Times <br> <br> An Oprah Book Club selection, Cry, the Beloved Country , was an immediate worldwide bestseller when it was published in 1948. Alan Paton's impassioned novel about a black man's country under white man's law is a work of searing beauty.<br> <br> Cry, the Beloved Country , is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.
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