Journey Continued

Journey Continued : An Autobiography

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The period of the book covers all of Alan Paton's writings, notably his other novels "Too Late the Phalarope" and "Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful", his biographies of J.H.Hofmeyr and Archbishop Geoffrey Clayton, his memoir on the life and death of his first wife Dorrie, and the first volume of his autobiography. His political life is covered too, notably his part in the founding and nurturing of the Liberal Party of South Africa, of which he became National Chairman, working closely with Leo Marquard, the Ballingers, Donald Molteno, Peter Brown, Edgar Brookes, Jordan Ngubane and Patrick Duncan. His encounters with the African leaders Albert Lutuli, Robert Sobukwe and Z.K.Matthews, and with the controversial priest Trevor Huddleston and Ambrose Reeves, are of special interest. He gives evidence in favour of Nelson Mandela and others at the Rivionia Trial and endures a savage cross-examination. He agonizes over the young members of the Liberal Party involved in the African Resistance Movement (A.R.M.) and its bombings. During his overseas travels he meets and assesses great men like Nehru, Reinhold Niebuhr and Martin Niemoller. Through this autobiography runs his uncompromizing opposition to apartheid and its proponents, and at the same time his championship of the liberal tradition of justice, freedom and tolerance in striving towards a non-racial democracy in South Africa. Always he insists on the persistence of hope in the South African situation.show more

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  • Paperback | 313 pages
  • 129 x 196mm | 276g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 6pp plates, index
  • 0192826840
  • 9780192826848

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The second and final installment of Paton's story of his life as teacher, writer, and political activist. He picks up the narrative in 1948, when "two of the decisive events of my life occurred" - the publication of his novel Cry, the Beloved Country, and his retirement as principal of South Africa's Diepkioof Reformatory. These two events enabled Paton to write full time and eventually to turn his attention to the political scene in his native land. Much of the present volume is concerned with the establishment of the now-defunct Liberal Party of South Africa - with Paton detailing the objectives, internal rivalries, and successes and failures of that group in a straightforward and always engrossing manner. Included here are moving portraits of such personalities as Nelson Mandela and Bram Fischer, the leftist lawyer who defended many of the dissidents. On a lighter note, Paton also recounts his experiences with the flamboyant Alexander Korda (who filmed Cry) and with Maxwell Anderson (who used the novel as the basis for the musical Lost in the Stars). Paton further describes the long and loving relationship with his first wife, Dorrie, and his involvement with the Anglican Church. These are among the most affecting pages in his book. A modest but constantly involving self-portrait - and a moving testimonial to a life of dedication and courage (Paton died on April 12, 1988). (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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