Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again.              — Alan Paton, Cry the Beloved Country

Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country is one of the books of the books that changed how I saw the world. I don’t remember why I picked it up- I was in high school, and my dad had a copy with the world’s most boring cover, but something about the title must have drawn me. It’s not an easy book, or light hearted, but it is a beautiful book about South Africa during Apartheid, and it refuses to be sentimental about things. Highly recommended.

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