Sunday, March 24, 2013

Alan Paton's note on the 1959 edition of Cry the Beloved Country: -

It is some eleven years since the first Author's Note was written.  The population of S. Africa today is estimated to be about 15, 000, 000, of whom 3,000,000 are white.  1 1/4 millions are colored people, nearly 1/2 million are Indians, the rest are Africans.  I did not mention the Indians in the first Author's Note because I did not wish to confuse readers  .  .  .  but the existence of this minority is now much better known  .  .  .  because their position has become so desperate under apartheid legislation.  .  .  . 

Alan Paton 
Natal, S. Africa.

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