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Naught For Your Comfort
 
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Trevor Huddleston
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Naught For Your Comfort

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Published (first published March 1956)
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Stephen Hayes
I'm rereading this for the third or fourth time, after a fairly long interval.

Trevor Huddleston was an Anglican priest, and a member of the Anglican monastic order, the Community of the Resurrection (CR). For 12 years, from 1944-1956, he served as the parish priest of Sophiatown, a black suburb in western Johannesburg. While there he saw the coming of the National Party government, and the implementation of its policy of apartheid, which led to the ethnic cleansing of blacks from Sophiatown, wh
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David Kenvyn
This book is still astonishing. I first read it about forty years ago. What it has to say about apartheid is riveting, and caused thousands of people to join the Anti-Apartheid Movement and to campaign tirelessly for the abolition of that evil regime.

But what is more astonishing is that it still describes the way in which people can mistreat others, and how they can justify what they are doing because it is, supposedly, for the best. Huddleston leaves you with no doubt that this is wrong and tha
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Richard
This book is a sombre meditation on the nature of apartheid, in which Huddleston deconstructs the political ideology of Hendrik Verwoerd (ironally addressed throughout as "Dr Verwoerd") and exposes the "sub-Christian" theology of the Dutch Reformed Church of the 1950s. It is also an affectionate portrait of Sophiatown, an anomalous black suburb of Johannesburg where Huddleston worked and where - much to the chagrin of the authorities - the black population had freehold rights.

The book is not a m
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Zareen
As Father Trevor Huddleston says, this little volume is not a comfortable read. However, it is very clearly written, informative & thought-provoking,

It seems to me a great shame that the Israeli government is practising in the same way & implementing the full gamut of policies against the Palestinians which shows their total disregard for justice & human rights. There seems to be very similar pattern emerging & it has the stink of evil.
Anthony Howarth
Another book which changed my life end of 1950s begining of 1960s. Nothing needs saying. Read the book, if you dare. Then think about the world today.
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