Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Tales From a Troubled Land” as Want to Read:
Tales From a Troubled Land
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Tales From a Troubled Land

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  115 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
With a mixture of compassion and despair, this collection of ten short stories by the distinguished author of "Cry, the Beloved Country" speaks eloquently yet incisively of the injustices of the author's native land, South Africa.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 3rd 1996 by Scribner (first published 1961)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Tales From a Troubled Land, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Tales From a Troubled Land

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 260)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Nazmi Yaakub
BAYANGAN awal tentang karya berlatarkan Aparteid mungkin mengecewakan saya apabila mengingatkan pengarangnya adalah aktivis anti-Aparteid yang mengasaskan Parti Liberal Afrika Selatan, Alan Paton. Apatah lagi cerpen pertama dalam kumpulan ini, Life for a Life seolah-olah bakal menguak sejarah hitam dan celaka yang menyula manusia kulit hitam di Afrika Selatan.

Bagaimanapun, cerpen yang menyorot pembunuhan tuan tanah kulit putih yang menuntut darah ditumpahkan secara melulu itu, tidak membawa kita
Virgilio Machado
One might assume from a knowledge of Paton's work and the title that the ten stories, Tales of a Troubled Land, will be ten variations on the theme of apartheid in South Africa. But this is not the case, for both the stories of "The Worst Thing in His Life" and "The Elephant Shooter" are concerned with the behavior of people which does not have anything to do with apartheid per se.

"I should like to write books about South Africa," said Alan (Cry, the Belov
Samantha Williams
Oct 21, 2013 Samantha Williams rated it it was amazing
Paton's short stories in this collection paints a troubled time. He shows readers the troubles that plague a country through some of its most innocent souls. For example, Spike in the story Death of a Tsotsi, or Jacky in The Divided House. The roar of South Africa is heard loud and clear in these short stories. Paton's skill to turn these tales into short stories, instead of actual novels themselves, highlights his craftiness.

I loved reading the tales. Paton makes it so that you're right there i
Jesse Workman
Feb 20, 2013 Jesse Workman rated it really liked it
These short stories seemed a bit different from Paton's larger works. They were, however, very moving and not too difficult to digest. The themes and morals were very near the surface, but the beauty of Paton's writing and his conveyance of emotion are perhaps my favorite aspect of his work. This collection is not nearly as long as I had hoped, but it would be a great way for someone to get acquainted with Paton's writing before starting one of his larger works, i.e. a great way to get hooked.
Jun 08, 2010 Longfellow rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Paton is gifted with the ability to write about South Africa insightfully while in the midst of its turmoil and immoral governance. His insights are indictments yet remain compassionate.

All these things plus the stories are beautifully written and a pleasure to read.
Aug 25, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
Short stories about S. Africa during apartied. Interesting insight.
Kbuxton rated it liked it
Apr 24, 2016
Rachel Dayton
Rachel Dayton marked it as to-read
Apr 08, 2016
Rebekah rated it it was ok
Mar 28, 2016
Anita Ritzmann
Anita Ritzmann is currently reading it
Mar 28, 2016
Emanuel rated it liked it
Mar 09, 2016
Krista Recsei
Krista Recsei marked it as to-read
Mar 05, 2016
Charmi Mehta
Charmi Mehta is currently reading it
Mar 02, 2016
Christopher rated it really liked it
Feb 23, 2016
Lisa added it
Feb 11, 2016
Sami Abouzid
Sami Abouzid marked it as to-read
Feb 08, 2016
Sekuru Gomo
Sekuru Gomo marked it as to-read
Feb 02, 2016
Tai marked it as to-read
Jan 25, 2016
Ashley added it
Jan 22, 2016
Ms marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Karen Booth
Karen Booth marked it as to-read
Dec 23, 2015
Evan rated it liked it
Dec 22, 2015
Fatemeh rated it liked it
Dec 11, 2015
Dave marked it as to-read
Nov 07, 2015
Jamecia Smith
Jamecia Smith marked it as to-read
Oct 23, 2015
Gary Gibler
Gary Gibler marked it as to-read
Oct 21, 2015
Chester rated it it was ok
Oct 16, 2015
Santhi marked it as to-read
Oct 12, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • No Turning Back: A Novel of South Africa
  • To My Children's Children
  • Some of My Best Friends are White: Subversive Thoughts from an Urban Zulu Warrior
  • Singing Away the Hunger: The Autobiography of an African Woman
  • You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town
  • Red Dust
  • Part of My Soul Went with Him
  • Miriam's Song: A Memoir
  • A History of South Africa
  • The Story of an African Farm
  • Sizwe's Test: A Young Man's Journey Through Africa's AIDS Epidemic
  • Africans: The History of a Continent
  • Karoo Boy
  • Notes from the Hyena's Belly: An Ethiopian Boyhood
  • How Long Will South Africa Survive?: The Looming Crisis
  • Shirley, Goodness & Mercy: A Childhood in Africa
  • Into the Heart of the Country
  • Saturday Is for Funerals
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 ...more
More about Alan Paton...

Share This Book