Books: Yonder Over Africa

CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY (278 pp.]—Alan Paton—Scribner ($3).

The hero of this novel is like the title, a trifle bewildered about English syntax but eloquent just the same. He is an old black man in an old black suit, pastor of a poor country church in Natal, and South Africa is seen through his hurt and innocent eyes. Father Stephen Kumalo is a Zulu whom white missionaries redeemed from darkness. But neither he nor his tribe have found peace on earth since the tribal society was destroyed.

To Father Kumalo one day comes a letter from a brother in Christ in a Johannesburg...

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