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Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

"The greatest novel to emerge out of the tragedy of South Africa, ,and one of the best novels of our time." - THE NEW REPUBLIC
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Transcript of Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton Background: Cry, the boloved country was published in 1948 before the introduction of a new apartheid political system in South Africa. The sold of the novel was succesfully except in South Africa, because it was banned. Due its pollitical content.

Alan Paton: In 1948 the National Party with separatist ideology took the power in South Africa, four months after the publication of Cry, The Beloved Country. In 1953 Alan Paton founded the South African Liberal Party, wich was against the introduction of an apatheid political system in South Africa by the National Party. Characters Stephen Kumalu: Is a pastor he takes his relationship with god and his Country seriously. Poverty and injustice seems to be irreversible in South Africa for him. He loves his Land und think whites are respondible of some problems in South Africa, but he does not hate them. John Kumalo: Stephen Kumalo's younger brother. He always tries to preserve himself . He is a great orator, but says anything too conroversial because he knows he will be puted in prison. Absalon Kumalo: Stepeh Kumalo's only child. He went to Johannesburg and never commed back or even wrote his parents. As Stephen finds him, discovered that he has been thrown out of several houses because of his bad behavior and gotten a young girl pregnant. Wenn all seems to turn around, Absalon kills a kind. Settings: Cry, the beloved country story takes place in the rural village of Ndotsheni and Johannesburg, a South African metropolis. The contrast between the village and Johannesburg (the concrete jungle) is one of the most important themes in the story.
Plot summary:Stephen recieves a letter from the priest Theophilus Msimangu, that urges Kumalo to come in the city to rescue Gertrude because of her sickness. Stephen goes to the city and finds not only Gertrude, but also Absalom that came for Gertrude and never goes back to the village.

Kumalo gets the city and learn that Gertrude was a prositute. Then she accepts to return to the village but with her son and both start to look for his son with the help of Msimangu.

Gertrude Kumalo: She desappears from the house to never be seen again.It seems doubtful that she has joined a convent. Theophilus Msimangu:He is the gratest friend Stepehn's in the story. He informs Stephen about the immoral life of Gertrude in Johannesburg. He also finds him a place to stay in Johannesburg and helps Stephen with the search of his son.
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