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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2000

    A Worthwhile Book!

    Alan Paton's novel describes Pieter van Vlaanderen and his tragic interlude with a black woman, Stephanie. More importantly, though, Too Late the Phalarope underscores the rigidity of Afrikaner society, especially here in its rural bastions. Paton demonstrates how South Africa's 'apartheid' program was in practice as a part of Afrikaner society even before it became the law of the land. There is some important South African history that might confuse the casual reader and which is probably not to be found in an encyclopedia (but who knows?) As well, the novel is written without the use of quotation marks, preceding quotes with a '¿' or nothing at all. In contrast to his previous novel, Cry, the Beloved Country, this one is less about the conflict between Afrikaner and African; rather, it is about the Afrikaner conscience, soul and law.

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