This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels that has appeared anywhere in modern times. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit. And beyond the intense and insoluble personal tragedy, it is the story of the beautiful and tragic land of South Africa, its landscape, its people, and its bitter racial ferment and unrest.
Public Domain ©1948 by Alan Paton; (P)1993 by Blackstone Audiobooks
This book transports you to Africa... the descriptions are so detailed, the characters completely developed ... and while doing so provides an essential education into the meaning and madness of apartheid. Narration is superb. This one left me thinking for quite some time …
I live in South Africa, and I am horrified at the accents adopted by Frederick Davidson. They are not even vaguely Zulu, and they ruin the book completely. Alan Paton's classic deserved a reader who can do it justice. I have no problem with Davidson's English accent for narration, but his character accents sound more like they came from the Indian subcontinent than southern Africa. It's a crying shame.
I wonder if there could have been a more important book, a better reading of any book, or a more moving book for finding a humanity within oneself that certainly I did not know I had--but now do.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Poetic, sad, beautiful . . . transcending time, Cry, the Beloved Country, is as relevant today as it was in 1948 when Alan Paton wrote it . . . the simple lives of the South African people, their faith, their struggles and resilience . . . poured out in a rhythmic flowing verse that pierces the heart . . . strips away all pretense . . . a humble black pastor, a prodigal son gone to the city, gone wrong . . . way wrong . . . and his father, heartbroken, searching him out, fearing what he will find . . . and never making excuses for his son's sin . . . but ever loving, pining for him . . . As circumstances bring native black Afrikaans up against white people in a time of Apartheid, I am amazed and humbled, that this book is not in the least political or racially motivated. The overarching theme is love, even in the face of evil, character, even when things are most difficult, humility even when others do not see you as their equal, perseverance, when there is no rain, when there is no milk, when there is no help . . . and gratitude to God for even the smallest of blessings. This is one of the most important books of our time. Everyone should read/hear it.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I really wanted to enjoy this book. It is an important piece of literature that opened a window into a world little understood at the time. But I just couldn't find myself drawn to it. I did listen to the book and while the narrator was good, I wonder if this is one of those examples where the beauty and power of a book is lost through this medium. In the end, it was a disappointing use of my time, and that makes me sad.
I'm sure that this is a wonderful piece of literature, but the author's accent was very difficult for me to understand. He also did not do a good job of differentiating between characters with his voice, which made the plot difficult to follow. I restarted the book but eventually gave up because I had to work so hard to follow what was going on! Since I find that the narrator makes the audio book, maybe we should read this one..
Beautifully written, memorable work. This book is probably a classic; if not, it should be. Michael York is one of my favorite readers. Excellent novel...educational as well as entertaining! Paton's novel is now on my list of all-time favorites.
I truly enjoyed this story. It was a bit slow in points, but the story is captivating of the struggles of blacks under the oppressive apartheid system of South Africa. There is injustice, but also there is hope for the future. The narration was quite good as well. The reader used appropriate drama and held my interest for the majority of the reading.
I very much appreciate the strength in the reader's voice, he allows the book to have great strength through each character. I recommend for a long plane or car ride. Cry, the Beloved Country made me cry, scream of heartbreak and smile.
This is one of the best book I every listened to or read. The depth of the characters and the understanding and feeling their pain is something that the narrator does so well.
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mystry- due to understanding the suffering of people and journey of life
The ability to portray the pain and suffering of the characters
the book made me sad because I could understand the suffering of the father and family
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