Cry, The Beloved Country
"Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much."
Cry, the Beloved Country, the title in itself tells us of the intensity of the love the author has for his country, his beloved country. It is a story of comfort in desolation. Such contrasting aspects are displayed throughout the book. In this book the statesman, the poet and the novelist meet in a unique harmony. The story is set in 1940's and 1950's South Africa and discusses social problems present at that time. It really involves experiences all humans encounter in their lives: fear, repentance, and redemption. His themes expel any restriction of time, location, or ethnicity. The journey, the contrast, the resulting growth and awareness, the understanding and and acceptance all mix together to create a really powerful image. It is a social protest against the injustices present in the african society. It is a country fraught with racial tensions and searching desperately for a solution to its problems. The turmoil and confusion and poverty and physical beauty of South Africa is enthralling, as is the passion of the handful of South African characters who are committed to seeing justice one day served in their country. The author tries to bring out these issues in this book through various characters and their journey lead them to make different discoveries about the effects of the inequality in South Africa. South Africa herself is also a main character. "Cry, The Beloved Country" is written between a mix of a description and narration. The time period and setting of the historically...
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