Paton, Alan: Cry, the beloved country

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Alan Paton: Cry, the beloved country Author Alan Paton was born in January 1st, 1903, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal (South Africa). In 1935 Paton gave up teaching for the Diepkloof Reformatory for delinquents near Johannesburg. He published his novel Cry, the Beloved Country in 1948, when he left Diepkloof. From 1953, the year he wrote Too Late the Phalarope , to 1968 Paton was the national president of the Liberal Party of South Africa. Characters Stephen Kumalo......... a priest Theophilus Msimangu.... a priest John Kumalo.............. his brother Arthur Jarvis................... white city-engineer Gertrude Kumalo........ their sister James Jarvis.................... Arthur s father Absolom Kumalo....... Stephen s son Plot Stephen Kumalo receives a letter from Johannesburg. He does not think that the letter is from his brother John or from his son Absolom, but from his sister Gertrude. She went there to search for her husband. The letter concerns her but it is from a Brother in Christ, Theophilus Msimangu. He wants Stephen Kumalo to come to Johannesburg because his sister is sick and she is living with her son at a woman who is a prostitute and makes liquor. Stephen takes the money they have saved for their son s college and for a new stove. So Stephen Kumalo decides to take her home but first he wants to visit his son. He gets to know from his brother that their sons are best friends and live together. The address he got from his brother is an old one because the boys ...

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