Friday, 14 February 2020

Cry The Belevoed Country By Alan Paton

This book is about apartheid in South Africa. It is a simple story about Stephen Kamala who is a pastor His son goes to Johannesburg. Letters stop coming from him. Upon reaching Johannesburg he finds his son Absalom in Jail.

Absalom has been arrested for the murder of a white activist and is to be executed. I found the language strange at times Like one brother address another in this manner "my own brother, son of our mother.

Langue is simple. The use of Zulu words sometimes makes the sentences complex. But despite the words, the story can be understood. Also, a lot of description is given about the lifestyle of the people. The Saanty towns are described in all its simplicity.

The influence of the bible is seen in the names. Like James and Stephen are Christian names Crime is shown as being common.  One sees how much one's faith can do. If you want to understand the life of Nelson Mandela this book is a must-read.

The book starts in rural South Africa and ends in Johannesburg. The contrast of both scenery plus culture can be seen. Human emotions are well seen . The conversation between the Pastor and his son can be seen while in prison.

 Brutally of apartheid can be seen in the book.  Africans in a bus they are charged more. So they boycott the buses. Despite all the brutality, there is hope in people's mind.

This was Paton's first novel. Cause of this Aparied was known for what it is. I am glad I read the book since I came to know about apartheid in all its form.

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