First: Michael York's narration is spectacular. I have begun reading this novel many times (didn't read it in high school -- though it was required!)but was never able to move past the first chapter. Listening to York's voicing of the characters, especially the 'character' of the land of South Africa, was captivating. Second: The beauty and lyricism of Paton's writing, reflect the simple, honest truth of the characters and the times they are living through. York's narration sets a perfect tempo and is nuanced and evocative. LISTEN TO THIS BOOK -- It is a classic that has been brought to life for me and it will remain indelibly imprinted in my heart; on yours, also, is my wish. Go well.
Honestly written and artfully narrated, this story offers readers a bridge across the difficult waters of the racial divide. Though written by a white woman, it is mostly successful in capturing the unique perspectives, attitudes and experiences of Southern blacks and whites in the early sixties. While perhaps a bit sentimental in the telling, the gentle approach to presenting these complex relationships allows the reader to thoughtfully re-examine society's challenging racial issues. The main characters are fully realized and convincingly voiced -- I felt as though I were sitting in the room with them as their stories unfolded.
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