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Southwest Book Club Meets March 15

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. Many would say this is the most famous and important novel written about South Africa's history during the 1940's set against the background of a land and a people torn apart by racial injustice.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Copies of this book may be reserved for home delivery or location pick-up at http://www.ocls.info

For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Discussion Questions
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. Cry, the Beloved Country is, in part, a story about those who stayed and those who left. What happens to the people who stayed in the tribal villages? What happens to those who left and went to Johannesburg? What is Paton's point of view of this mass migration? Does he feel it was necessary? Inevitable? What is your opinion?

2. How are rhetoric and repetition used in this book?

3. There are many paradoxes in this novel: a priest's son commits murder; a white man who fights for the dignity of South African blacks is senselessly murdered; the father of the murdered son helps the father of the son who murdered to keep a disintegrating native tribe together. How do you reconcile these paradoxes? How do they contribute to the richness of the story? Why might Paton have made this choice?

4. Does Paton offer an overview of South African society?

5. Is the novel itself a demonstration of outdated innocence?

These questions were obtained from litlovers.com and Novelist Plus (go to www.ocls.info and click databases).

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