Ah, But Your Land Is Beautiful

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Ah, But Your Land Is Beautiful

By Alan Paton
Scribner's, 1982
271 pp. $12.95
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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.

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