“Re-read but hadn't read since highschool. I'd forgotten the reason it was one of my favorites. ”antrim wrote this review Wednesday, January 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“For school, 10th grade.”Kristine C wrote this review Saturday, December 31, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this novel in high school and then again with Hannah when she herself had to read it for school. It was much more meaningful to me upon the second reading. As a student, much of the focus of our classroom discussion was on South Africa and apartheid. That was educational and uncomfortable, but it didn't touch me personally. When I read it decades later as a parent, the novel was much more personally affecting. My heart wept for Stephen Kumalo; he did his best to be a good parent to his son, but Absalom made poor choices and had to pay for them. Because of his love for his son, Stephen paid for Absalom's choices as well. What was Stephen thinking in naming his son Absalom? ”Elizabeth L wrote this review Thursday, December 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“one of those classic books which i struggled through.”thomas p wrote this review Saturday, December 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this for school, and I didn't really like it!! It was an OK book, but it was kind of confusing.”Pippi wrote this review Friday, November 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I was one of those people who never had to read this book in high school. In fact, I did not realize I probably should have read it in high school until I started talking to others about it. Apparently not many schools keep this in their curriculum, and after reading it I find that to be a complete and utter tragedy. "Cry, The Beloved Country" is an absolutely beautiful, stunning, and vital piece of literature that, while I do not live, in South African sixty years ago, caused me to think.
This is the story of two very different men, one black, one white, who are brought together when the son of the former kills the son of the latter.
The writing is beautiful, though the dialogue is a bit different than to what most are used. Paton uses his characters to discuss the Apartheid situation as well as equality in general.
Everyone needs to read this book. I can't stress that enough.”
“Reads like a psalm of both lamentation and rejoicing. On my brother's "required reading" list in high school, but I finally tackled it!”Maura Barber wrote this review Thursday, November 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beautifully written tale of sorrow, pain and struggle. Compassion, not plot oriented, just following the flow of life.”Kylie wrote this review Tuesday, November 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awesome book! The characters are soo deep...makes you think about your perception of life. Loved the imagery about South Africa.”ColorlessRainbow wrote this review Thursday, October 27, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No