Book #23: Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country

by Alan Paton

In Cry, the Beloved Country, Paton tries to show the failure and emptiness of the ideas that led to South African apartheid. In the story, a pastor searches for his lost son, but discovers so many other lost things in communities both black and white. The book cries for the breakdown of tribes and the entire nation, the beloved country.

For the reading project, I purchased an electronic copy of Cry, the Beloved Country, an e-reproduction of the 1987 Schribner paperback currently selling in brick-and-mortar bookshops. The ebook is 634 pages long, which is strange because the identical edition in paper is only 320 pages. Looking quickly through the pages, it’s clear that there is a lot of dialog, most of it single lines with ample whitespace separation. The 320-page number is more realistic, but 634 makes this reading challenge that much more exciting.

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