In fact, in a way we get to know Arthur best of all of the characters, since we read about him in his own words, in his manuscripts on black African crime and in his notes on growing up in South Africa. Here are three important things that we find out about Arthur Jarvis: The chair wonders, "How this Club would be arranged without your participation, would be a mystery to many minds among us" 2.
Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear.
Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or valley.
For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.
Review "A beautiful novel, rich, firm and moving It both touches your heart deeply and inspires a renewed faith in the dignity of mankind. Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic tale, passionately African, timeless and universal, and beyond all, selfless.
Alan Paton attended college in Pietermaritzburg where he studied science and wrote poetry in his off-hours. After graduating, he wrote two novels and then promptly destroyed them.
He devoted himself to writing poetry once again, and later, in his middle years, he wrote serious essays for liberal South African magazines, much the same way his character, Arthur Jarvis, does in Cry, the Beloved Country.
Paton was a great admirer of Hofmeyr, a man who dared to tell his fellow Afrikaners that they must give up "thinking with the blood," and "maintain the essential value of human personality as something independent of race or color.
To his surprise, he was offered a job as principal of Diepkloof Reformatory, a huge prison school for delinquent black boys, on the edge of Johannesburg.
Geraniums replaced the barbed wire, the bars were torn down, and soon the feeling in the place changed. He worked at Diepkloof for ten years, and though it was certainly a fertile period, at the end of it Paton felt so strongly that he needed a change, that he sold his life insurance policies to finance a prison-study trip that took him to Scandinavia, England, and the United States.
It was during this time that he unexpectedly wrote his first published novel, Cry, the Beloved Country. It was in Norway that he began it, after a friendly stranger had taken him to see the rose window in the cathedral of Trondheim by torchlight, Paton, no doubt inspired, sat down in his hotel room and wrote the whole first chapter.
He had no idea what the rest of the story would be, but it formed itself while he traveled. It was finished in San Francisco. It stands as the single most important novel in South African literature.
Alan Paton died in in South Africa. Reading Group Guide Discussion Questions 1.An Oprah Book Club selection, Cry, the Beloved Country, the most famous and important novel in South Africa’s history, was an immediate worldwide bestseller in Alan Paton’s impassioned novel about a black man’s country under white man’s law is a work of searing beauty/5(3).
A major theme that Paton develops throughout Cry, the Beloved Country is the importance of always acting with a sense of kindness. There is a specifically Christian connotation to this value, as demonstrated by the dominant Christian influence of the characters, most . The Cry, the Beloved Country quotes below are all either spoken by Arthur Jarvis or refer to Arthur Jarvis.
For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one.
An Oprah Book Club selection, Cry, the Beloved Country, the most famous and important novel in South Africa’s history, was an immediate worldwide bestseller in Alan Paton’s impassioned novel about a black man’s country under white man’s law is a work of searing beauty.4/5().
Cry, the Beloved Country is essentially the story of Kumalo's newfound concern for the fate of South Africa and its inhabitants. James Jarvis He is a wealthy white man in South Africa whose son, Arthur Jarvis, is a renowned social reformer murdered by Absalom Kumalo during a robbery.
Identify James and Arthur Jarvis. James- a white landowner who goes to Johannesburg because his son is murdered. Arthur Jarvis- Shot by Absalom, justice for South Africans.