Book Review: Cry, the Beloved Country (Paton)


Have I read this before: I thought I had, but once I got into it, it didn’t seem familiar. So I’m going to say no.   

Review: Most of the books on my list fall into one of four categories: coming of age stories, tales of extreme loss/poverty/despair/death, adventure, or Faulkner. This one is of the second category. It gives a very clear picture of the effects of the societal structure in South Africa that created so many hardships. Every character in the book is affected by it at least a little bit and in slightly different ways, which did a good job of emphasizing the far-reaching impact of it even in people and places that might initially seem untouched by it.

Favorite part: This quote really stood out to me:

Sorrow is better than fear, said Father Vincent doggedly. Fear is a journey, a terrible journey, but sorrow is at least an arriving.

Rating: 5/10

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