Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
The movie was beautiful - the book is sublime.
Paton wrote a fable, cautionary tale about the destruction of "the beloved country" by destroying tribes and implementing a racial descrimination system that later would become apartheid.
Beautiful example of how people of different background can have epiphanies and open their hearts in the face of horrible darkness and tragedy Two neighbors from rural South African lives are brought together when one's son kills the other man's son. The main characters are a black Anglican Priest (Stephen Kumalo), and a rich white farmer (Arthur Jarvis). Through lessons they learned, Kumalo by seeing lives destroyed in Johannesburg, and Jarvis reading the writings of his son, who was an activist for fair treatment and equality for blacks, these two men come together to start what could be the healing of this country.
Michael York's narration made this book even more incredible.
What more can possibly be said about this book? It's a seminal and critical book about South Africa. It's amazingly contemporary although clearly the ground rules in South Africa have changed. I highly recommend this book. The narration by Michael York was quite good but, I found the English accent a bit distracting. Are there no South African actors who could narrate?
Apples and oranges. This was very well performed, but for me audiobooks are mainly a way to read when I'm commuting, cleaning, cooking, etc. The main thing is the text.
Steven Kumalo, the main character. A true Christian.
He speaks very tenderly, which is appropriate for this book.
Many of them. The bishop's visit brought me to tears. It is a very, very good book, very sober and hard in places, but full of wisdom, and crafted very well, so that it has a sense of completeness. Also of great historical interest. And of great moral interest.
Between Patton's achingly beautiful writing and the masterful narration by Frederic Davidson (aka David Case!), this audio book has been a qualitative highlight in my passion for recorded books. Davidson's ability to not just mimic but to embody the miriad African accents and dialects took me to a South Africa I've never visited in person. And Patton's deep compassion for the reality of each character (black and white) provides a vivid insight into complex issues we haven't solved, while showing that there may be hope and reconciliation at last.
I agree, Mr. Davidsons accents are not always on target but it didn't seem to matter much; the story is simply too powerful and way too beautiful to be missed.
I tried and tried to hope that this book would get better. It has not. As a matter of fact, I'm sorta off the Oprah Book Club list...I don't think she makes very good choices.
Anyway...about the book....it was well read, but it seemed to go on and on and repeat stuff that didn't need to be repeated...and have scenes that didn't appear to have anything to do with anything. I spent most of my time looking at my iPod trying to see how much more of this torture I had to endure. Two parts???? Grrrrrr!
End result: Other books, I hate when ppl call me, since I'm listening to a book. This book, I was looking for people to call on my commute.
Avid audiobook addict!
I found that I didn't care about the characters at all, and was quite uninterested in what they did or said. The author's obviously talented though, in an old-school literature that I find quite boring kind of way.