Cry, The Beloved Country is South Africa’s most recognized novel and has become popular world-wide. In 1995 it was adapted into a feature film that was critically acclaimed and praised to be a good portrayal of typical South Africa under apartheid.
Some may argue that a book that is centered around making the black man gain the upper hand in every aspect of life is racist and defeats the objective it sets out to achieve. Others will venture that it is unrealistic to expect all people to reach the same plateau of prosperity, wealth and security. I argue that one should read Eric Miyeni’s book first before making that conclusion.
Molefe returns home after seven years spent in Europe first as a scholar and then as an African in the Diaspora hoping to materialize his dreams to reality in the blanket of opportunity the new continent seems to be. When he fails dismally, a much needed excuse is needed to provoke him to return home with a shred of dignity.