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Journey Continued: An Autobiography

Journey Continued: An Autobiography

by Alan Paton

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this sequel to Towards the Mountain , South African writer Paton describes the Sharpeville massacre of 1960 in which 69 protesters were killed, many shot in the back. But Paton, who died last April, concludes that H. F. Verwoerd, architect of apartheid, was not an evil man, merely arrogant and self-deluded. This straightforward memoir by the author of Cry, the Beloved Country starts in 1948 with the Afrikan Nationalist Party's seizure of power. Chronicling government harassment, torture and the passage of racial laws, Paton follows the Nationalists' tightening death-grip on a country ``living on the slopes of a volcano.'' He writes in detail about the Liberal Party, of which he was founder and leader, defending it against critics who charge that it weakened the true opposition. Paton's testimony at the 1964 trial of Nelson Mandela, and his account of the Treason Trial (1956-61) in which hundreds of dissenters were arrested, are high points in this reenactment of his public life. (October)
The first volume of Paton's autobiography, Towards the mountain was published in 1980. This second volume, completed before his death on April 12, 1988, begins in 1948 and ends in 1968. It covers the period in which all of his writings were published, and covers as well his part in founding and nurturing the Liberal Party of South Africa, of which he became National Chairman. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Date of Birth:
January 11, 1903
Date of Death:
April 12, 1988
Place of Birth:
Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Place of Death:
Durban, Natal, South Africa
Maritzburg College, 1918; B.S., Natal University College, 1924

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