In This Review

Ah, But Your Land Is Beautiful
Ah, But Your Land Is Beautiful
By Alan Paton
Scribner's, 1982, 271 pp.

Lyricism and hope survive Paton's decades of struggle and partial silence; nonetheless, the fragmented structure of his novel about the formation of the South African Liberal Party conveys a perceptible weariness. The book catches its marvelously realized assemblage of South Africans at a particularly poignant moment-as apartheid is emerging but before its later grip on all their lives can be foreseen.