Alan Paton

Alan Paton was a South African author and anti-apartheid activist best known for his novel 'Cry, the Beloved Country' (1948), which highlighted the social problems of racial inequality in South Africa. Born on January 11, 1903, in Pietermaritzburg, Paton was also involved in educational reform and was an influential figure in the Liberal Party of South Africa before it was disbanded due to the prohibition of multiracial political parties.


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  1. 1. Cry, the Beloved Country

    "Cry, the Beloved Country" is a novel about a black Anglican priest from South Africa's rural Natal region who embarks on a journey to Johannesburg in search of his sister and son. The priest grapples with the racial injustice and social inequality of apartheid-era South Africa, while his son becomes involved in political activism and is wrongfully accused of a crime. The novel explores themes of love, fear, and social justice, while highlighting the destructive effects of apartheid on the human spirit and the South African landscape.