Saturday, January 31, 2009

Book Review # 5-Cry, The Beloved Country

Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What a powerful, beautifully written book! I couldn't put it down. The main character, Pastor Stephen Kumalo, is a courageous and honorable man who goes to Johannesburg in search of his sister and son. His journey is one of the heart that continues even after he returns to his home.

One of my favorite parts: breaks into a hymn, with a high note that cannot be sustained; but others come in underneath it, and support and sustain it, and some men come in too, with the deep notes and the true. Kumalo takes off his hat and he and his wife and his friend join in also, while the girl stands and watches in wonder. It is a hymn of thanksgiving, and man remembers God in it, and prostrates himself and gives thanks for the Everlasting Mercy. And it echoes in the bare red hills and over the bare red fields of the broken tribe. And it is sung in love and humility and gratitude, and the humble simple people pour their lives into the song.

It is a story about how much we need one another, how much we need God, and how to endure everything in between.


hopeinbrazil said...

What a great review! It's on my list of books to read this year.

jodi said...

this is on my list of books to read in 2009 too--thanks for the great review!

Lynn Cross said...

What a wonderful quote Sondie. I have never read the book, but have always wanted to. That quote really was beautiful. Lynn