Title: Cry, the Beloved Country
Author: Alan Paton
Synopsis: A “…deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, this book is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.”
Why I can’t live without this book: Race and privilege. Power and whiteness. The potential of justice, reconciliation, forgiveness and grace. This book, which is a recent discovery of mine, tackles issues of race as it related to Apartheid in South Africa – but it is so, so relevant to the conversation happening in America today. If you read this and don’t find yourself underlining nearly every other sentence, please shoot me a message so we can read through it together. I will gladly email-stalk you until you understand. (Love, Cara).
(One of my) favorite quotes: “But there is only one thing that has power completely, and this is love. Because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power.” Yes. Yes, yes, yes.
So, Cry, the Beloved Country: have you read it? Did it change you? Have you given it a chance as an adult?
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