Alan Paton





Alan Paton

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born
in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
January 11, 1903

died
April 12, 1988

gender
male

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Alan Stewart Paton was born and educated in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. He started his career by teaching at a school in Ixopo where he met and married his first wife. The dramatic career change to director of a reformatory for black youths at Diepkloof, near Johannesburg, had a profound effect on his thinking. The publication of Cry, The Beloved Country (1948) made him one of South Africa's best known writers. It is a searing account of the inhumanity of apartheid told in a lyrical voice which emphasises Paton's love for the land and people of South Africa, and his hope for a change in the future. It remains a world bestseller and probably one of the most recognisable titles from this country. Paton became a fulltime writer after this ...more


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Cry, the Beloved Country
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Towards the Mountain
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More books by Alan Paton…
“Sorrow is better than fear. Fear is a journey, a terrible journey. But, sorrow is at least an arriving. ”
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

“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.”
Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country

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