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									Alan PatonAlan Paton
South African author and activist Alan Paton once reflected, "Who knows why we live, and struggle, and die? Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom." However, the wisdom of his beloved novel Cry, the Beloved Country made his one of South Africa's most resounding voices.

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Alan Paton
Also Known As:
Alan Stewart Patton
Date of Birth:
January 11, 1903
Place of Birth:
Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Date of Death:
April 12, 1988
Place of Death:
Durban, Natal, South Africa
Maritzburg College, 1918; B.S., Natal University College, 1924

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Cry, the Beloved Country
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The second selection in Oprah's rejuvenated Book Club is the profoundly compassionate story of Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, Cry, the Beloved Country takes place in the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s. It established Paton as a bestselling author in 1948 and, more significantly, alerted the world to the conditions of life for nonwhites in South Africa.

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Moving Pictures

Cry, the Beloved Country was adapted for the silver screen twice: once in 1951, featuring Sidney Poitier, and again in 1995 for the epic version starring James Earl Jones. The second production was the first major motion picture produced in South Africa after Nelson Mandela's election ended minority white rule.

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Paton's Sophomore Success

Stories from Social Services

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Too Late the Phalarope
by Alan Paton
Like its famous predecessor, Cry, the Beloved Country, Paton's second novel uses the lives of ordinary people to symbolize the devastation of South African apartheid. The story of a white policeman who has an affair with a black woman, the novel builds to a tragic conclusion that reflects the brutal intolerance of its cultural setting.

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Tales from a Troubled Land
by Alan Paton
Before he became a writer, Paton's first career was in the social service field, as the tireless director of a reformatory for African boys. The ten short stories in Tales from a Troubled Land reflect the trials and triumphs Paton experienced during this influential time in his life, with a poignant mixture of despair and hope.