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Cry the Beloved Country A Walk of Life Feb-9-2000 Cry The Beloved Country by Alan Paton stands out from other summer reading Having read this novel two years ago I am able to reflect on how many concepts and ideas expressed in this book have changed in meaning In this light several aspects of this book have made it my favorite of summer reading because I read and learned about part of lifes cycle This book represents a walk of life First I feel strongly that the main character Kumalo and his travels symbolize a walk of life I am slowly maturing to understand a life track Kumalo travels from a life of simplicity in his village childhood into a world of many complexities adulthood I was able to identify with Kumalo because he and I are both venturing into a world unknown to us Second in the walk of life we can go astray or deviate from an intended goal to end up with something better in life Kumalo locates his sister to discover she is a prostitute with a child Planning to take his sister home after finding his son she leaves the child and disappears Beginning his journey looking for his son he returns home with a child saving him from a life in the city where crime is one of very few choices for his future Finally lines are drawn in the family between Kumalo and his brother Similarly I am beginning to draw lines in my family as I begin to understand issues and problems I could not understand earlier John Kumalo Kumalos brother is a big politician in Johannesburg There is much conflict between the two brothers because of all their differing beliefs When the trial comes for the sons of these two fathers John Kumalo forgets family and maybe even the truth and puts the penalty of killing a white on the head of his brothers
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