Cry, the Beloved Country

I just finished Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. It took me a while to finish the book – I can’t say it was my favorite of anything I have read recently. It’s essentially about a man in South Africa who goes looking for his son, who ends up in trouble of sorts. I’ll stop there so I don’t give away anything too important.

I think part of my issue is that it just wasn’t really my style of writing. I like to read a little bit of everything, but this book was just a bit, dry, for me. I’m not sure “dry” is necessarily the right word though. Actually, it reminded me a bit of Heart of Darkness which I have attempted twice now (although this was due, both times, to it being on a syllabus). For whatever reason, I have a hard time getting through that book, as I did Cry, the Beloved Country.

I found parts of the book very interesting and wanted to keep reading – but then those parts ended and I was just putzing along. So that parts that I did enjoy, just didn’t last very long.

In any case, I’m not sure I would recommend this book, but I wouldn’t say “Don’t read it!” because I did like parts of it, and I certainly think ever book deserves a chance!


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