Cry, the Beloved Country

Letto da: Michael York
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This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels that has appeared anywhere in modern times. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit. And beyond the intense and insoluble personal tragedy, it is the story of the beautiful and tragic land of South Africa, its landscape, its people, and its bitter racial ferment and unrest.

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  • Generale
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  • Anthony
  • 03/01/2015

South African classic; read by non South African

I picked up this well known (and no doubt dated) South African novel by famed liberal writer, Alan Paton. I wanted to hear again the much quoted beautiful opening paragraph about the meandering hills and dusty roads of Ixopo; despite the limitations of South African liberalism and associated writings.

I had to put it down after the first few pages, seriously irritated by the cultured English rather than South African accent of Michael York, making well known terms like 'veld' (Afrikaans) and names like 'Ixopo' (Zulu) or 'Sophiatown' mispronounced and ultimately irritating, paragraph by paragraph, page by page.

Audio recordings may not have to be read by somebody from the book locale and setting, but if names and local terms are poorly pronounced and understood by the narrator, so much of context is lost and the story becomes jarring and painful rather than mellifluous as this novel's opening paragraph must be...

Audible should set up a place where recommendations for narrators and needed recordings or re-recordings might be made. How about somebody like Antony Sher for 'Cry, The Beloved Country' - which in its title already conveys so much...

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  • Helen
  • 22/11/2010

Well worth it

A very moving story, capturing the essence of South Africa at the time, and exceptionally well narrated.

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  • John L.
  • 29/06/2007

A classic for everyone with Africa in their Blood

I was enraptured from start to finish - this book captures the spirit of South Africa, the story holds you spellbound from start to finish - a true classic

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  • Neal
  • 23/12/2012

Beautiful and moving.

Fascinating to read of life in pre-Apartheid South Africa. And yet this human traits remain timeless. This narrator made the olden style of writing sound natural, and easy to follow.

Only once or twice, when the subject of a chapter switched focus, did I wonder if I'd skipped too far - I hadn't, the story simply brought in and followed another strand for a while. But without the ability to see the page numbers, I had to trust Audible (as I cycled along).

I would highly recommend this book, and recommend it on audible.

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  • Grace
  • 15/09/2017

GOD BLESS AFRICA

A place where the sun shines and warms ones heart.. A place where mysteries are revealed...

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  • Robert
  • 03/12/2014

A beautiful sad book about a beautiful sad country

Where does Cry, the Beloved Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best - great descriptive writing, dignified characters, a moving plot

What did you like best about this story?

Cry the Beloved Country really brings home the devastation wrought on local communities by industrialisation and urbanisation

What does Michael York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Michael York's reading brings all the characters to life as dignified human beings

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The trial and of course the ending.

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  • natalia
  • 08/07/2013

Warm and informative

What did you like most about Cry, the Beloved Country?

The simplicity and selflessness of the protagonist.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cry, the Beloved Country?

The juxtaposition of Johannesburg with homeland of the protagonist creates a chasm which is impossible to cross. Seeing the city through the eyes not only of a stranger to the place, but through someone who is a true stranger to urbanisation brought a new dimension.

What does Michael York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

York has a warmth to his voice which feels as though he has experienced the narrative and adds a gravitas to it that would perhaps be missed otherwise.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Pity. The destruction of lives and the selfishness of people in the city, even of his own family, who with no regard for those they left behind began lives in the city of dereliction and immorality. What could bring someone to do that?

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  • Angus
  • 24/04/2020

A heart wrenching tale

A must read ....for every South African for the last 75 years and likely for the next 500 years.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12/04/2020

Took me away

The reading and the story to took me to SA. The smells, the noise the peace the people the life unfolded for me.

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  • Laura
  • 20/06/2019

It would be nice with a South African reader

It would be nice that the person reading was South African, or could pronounce names and places properly.