Instead, Cry, the Beloved Country is almost like a folktale, since it can be ambiguous in places. It also helps convey his religiousness, for the language, not just the words themselves, is that of the King James version of the Bible. Paton was a friend of Bernard Friedmanfounder of the Progressive Party.
Old Stephen Kumalo, pastor of the church in his Zulu village, ventures into sophisticated Johannesburg in search of his sister Gertrude, his brother John, and his son Absalom. But calling Absalom by name would make it clearer that he belongs to a particular time and place.
He is honoured at the Hall of Freedom of the Liberal International organisation. His Anglican faith was another factor in his life and work: The weary old Zulu returns home to the father of the man his son has killed to tell him he is sorry, and they share across the abyss of race their mutual grief.
The boy was brought to them, and for a moment some great hope showed in his eyes, and he stood there trembling and shaking. The men were initially housed in closed dormitories; once they had proven themselves trustworthy, they would be transferred to open dormitories within the compound.
As well as accomplishing this element through his use of restrained, Biblical language, Paton uses it also to strike another response in his readers. He finds there a parable of the erosion of tribal society under the storm of white culture.
Another literary form that interested him throughout his life was poetry; the biographer Peter Alexander includes many of these poems[ clarification needed ] in his biography of Paton.
The Alan Paton Award for non-fiction is conferred annually in his honour. Where is that "grim high wall"? Paton also wrote two autobiographies: Some have worried that the directness of his moral purpose verges on melodrama, even propaganda.
Partly this has come about because so many of the schools where Africans first learned English were missionary schools, where teaching religion was as important as teaching arithmetic, but Stephen has gone on to reinforce this Bible-like usage of language.
Paton published numerous books in the s and became wealthy from their sales. The novel is categorised as historical fiction, as it gives an accurate account of the resistance movement in South Africa during the s.
But it does not take the same realist approach to style. We could fit any boy we know into "the boy," where "Absalom Kumalo" can only be one person.
And yet, at the same time, more universal. Job lost his wealth, his children, his health, everything except his life, in an attempt by Satan to win him away from God, but Job maintained his faith and it brought his salvation.
NEXT Mysterious, Poetic There are obviously lots of ways to write a book to inspire people to change the injustices of the world around them. But Kumalo said to him gently, we are come for the marriage, and the hope died out. Van der Post knew that the South African Secret Police were aware that he was paying money to Paton, but could not stop it by legal procedures.
By leaving his name out of it, Paton makes this scene feel uncomfortably closer to the readers. After the war he took a trip, at his own expense, to tour correctional facilities across the world. Selected works[ edit ] Cry, The Beloved Country— made into a film indirected by Zoltan Korda with a screenplay by Paton himself; indirected by Darrell Roodt; also a musical and an opera.
But the author does not want it to be just a melodrama that is good for a few hours of exciting reading.
He discovers Absalom in jail, the confessed murderer of a gentle and generous white man. Men who showed great trustworthiness would be permitted to work outside the compound.
On May 9 of that year it became the Liberal Party of South Africawith Paton as a founding co-vice-president,  which fought against the apartheid legislation introduced by the National Party.
He is perhaps at his best viewing the simple natural glories of the Natal countryside. On 11 Januarya Google Doodle honored the researcher on what would have been his th birthday. They had two sons, Jonathan and David. Paton sees with a clear eye the complex urban degeneracies of Johannesburg and the tragedies of modern life.In Alan Paton's note on the edition of Cry, the Beloved Country, he tells us a story: apparently, when the first two readers of his manuscript, Aubrey and Marigold Burns, asked him what he wou.
Paton uses deliberately mysterious, generic words and scene settings to make the events of Cry, the Beloved Country more unsettling to the reader.
And yet, at the same time, more universal. And yet, at the same time, more universal. Cry, the Beloved Country is a novel by Alan Paton that was first published in Alan Paton Style Analysis. Topics: Alan Paton, Novel, Narrative Pages: 1 ( words) Published: May 1, Style Analysis Authors often make an impact on the reader through imaginative story telling and bringing to life intriguing and compelling characters in their stories.
Alan Paton not only succeeds in doing this, but further raises the. Essays and criticism on Alan Paton - Critical Essays. Paton’s novels are much admired for their lyrical language, their closeness to the land, and their heartfelt moral purpose.
Alan Paton not only succeeds in doing this, but further raises the bar by fully immersing his readers by making them not only learn about the characters, but actually instills a sense of caring about their well being.Download