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Journey continued : an autobiography

by Paton, Alan.

Format: Print Book 1988
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PR9369.3.P37 Z465 1988
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  PR9369.3.P37 Z465 1988
 
 
Summary
The first volume of Paton's autobiography, Towards the mountain was published in 1980. This second volume, completed before his death on April 12, 1988, begins in 1948 and ends in 1968. It covers the period in which all of his writings were published, and covers as well his part in founding and nurturing the Liberal Party of South Africa, of which he became National Chairman. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The late author of the celebrated South African novel Cry, the Beloved Country completed this second volume of his autobiography just before his death at age 84. Paton's focus here is on his public life from 1948-- the year his novel was published and the year the Afrikaner Nationalists came to power-- through the late 1960s, a crucial period in which he was an active leader of the Liberal party. The writing is sometimes ponderous and the tone occasionally self- righteous (he says he is thought by some to have a prophetic gift); the political analysis is vague (``Was Verwoerd an evil man?''); and a conservative epilogue supports the government's ``evolutionary'' approach to moving away from apartheid. The personal details about numerous political figures won't mean much to non-South Africans. What is moving is the candid personal account of the moral choices facing a devout Christian activist and constitutional liberal who fought against racism and abhorred violence; the book is also valuable as an insider's account of the rise and fall of the Liberal party. Includes photographs; no index. HR."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this sequel to Towards the Mountain , South African writer Paton describes the Sharpeville massacre of 1960 in which 69 protesters were killed, many shot in the back. But Paton, who died last April, concludes that H. F. Verwoerd, architect of apartheid, was not an evil man, merely arrogant and self-deluded. This straightforward memoir by the author of Cry, the Beloved Country starts in 1948 with the Afrikan Nationalist Party's seizure of power. Chronicling government harassment, torture and the passage of racial laws, Paton follows the Nationalists' tightening death-grip on a country ``living on the slopes of a volcano.'' He writes in detail about the Liberal Party, of which he was founder and leader, defending it against critics who charge that it weakened the true opposition. Paton's testimony at the 1964 trial of Nelson Mandela, and his account of the Treason Trial (1956-61) in which hundreds of dissenters were arrested, are high points in this reenactment of his public life. (October) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Paton, Alan.
Authors, South African -- 20th century -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Scribner,1988
Edition 1st American ed.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 301 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 0684189461
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