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Cry, The Beloved Country

Cry, The Beloved Country

by Alan Paton

Paton's deeply moving story of Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set against the backdrop of a land and people riven by racial inequality and injustice, remains the most famous and important novel in South Africa's history. Passionately African, yet timeless and universal, it is a work of searing beauty.

Agonizing over the future of South Africa, both blacks and whites alike must find a way to end the conditions that are causing native youth to turn to lives of prostitution, theft, and even murder. When the teenage son of a native preacher accidentally kills one of the few white men who could have changed the situation, it falls to two fathers to reach a higher understanding of race relations.

Ages
14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Interest Level
Grades 9 - 12
Grade Level Equivalent
8.9
Lexile Measure
860L
Guided Reading
NR
Publisher
S&S - SIMON & SCHUSTER (DISPLAY MARKETING)
Book Type
Chapter Book
Genre
Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

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Alan Paton

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