Books That Inspire 2001

Cry Beloved Country: A Story of Comfort in Desolation
Alan Paton

Sometimes a good book goes unappreciated because the reader has not yet reached the place where the story resides. However, some books are so powerful that they pull you in and teach you things beyond your experience. Cry the Beloved Country was such a book for me. At its heart, it tells a tragic tale not because of the politics of apartheid, not because of the downward spiral such a system exerts upon the human soul. It is the attempt to chronicle the search for dignity and meaning in a place where such things remain elusive that makes it an inspiring tale.
Jill Tao
Assistant Professor Political Science