Liian myöhään vesipääsky

Liian my h n vesip sky After violating his country s ironclad law governing relationships between races a young white South African police lieutenant must struggle alone against the censure of an inflexible society his fa

  • Title: Liian myöhään vesipääsky
  • Author: Alan Paton Jouko Linturi
  • ISBN: 9789513058326
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After violating his country s ironclad law governing relationships between races, a young white South African police lieutenant must struggle alone against the censure of an inflexible society, his family, and himself.

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    1. People try to pigeonhole Paton's novels as being about Apartheid and racial tension or simply lump him in with other African writers as a good portrayer of South African life in the 20th century.I think that Paton deserves to be listed among the all-time greats of English literature. He writes about universally understood concepts like love, parenthood, broken families, etc. Mostly, Paton writes about sin--from temptation to commission to confession to consequences. The fact that his work is lay [...]

    2. This book had a completely different feel from Cry, the Beloved Country, although the writing style was (obviously) similar. It has been likened to a modern-day Greek tragedy, with an admirable hero whose one weakness brings destruction not only on himself but upon his family; the narrator is his aunt, and selections from the hero’s own writing add depth to the story.Although some readers assume that Too Late the Phalarope is about apartheid or Puritanical morals, I disagree. What I saw as the [...]

    3. "Yet it comes to me that it is not the judgment of God but that of men which is a stranger to compassion; for the Lord said, go thou and sin no more." The feeling of finishing a book that tips you into a better world and a better self and a greater heartbreak. I had to give this book some space before I wrote about it. Paton has long been one of my favorite authors, solely on the strength of his book Cry, the Beloved Country. While some girls were having normal childhoods and writing A Walk to R [...]

    4. This is my favorite book ever. Paton has such profound insight on the topic of justice. I enjoyed this book even more than Cry the Beloved Country!

    5. We'll be discussing this book in my book club on Saturday, so I may have different insight into it after hearing my friends' opinions. It was very hard for me to relate to the characters and culture. Not just the extreme racial segregation but their South African patriotism, their Dutch heritage and their contempt for Europe. It was all so foreign that it was sort of difficult to follow. It disturbed me that Pieter saw his sin to be a relationship with a black woman rather than his unfaithfulnes [...]

    6. I love this book. It is so powerful, especially to discuss in a class situation. And it is well written.The story is a classic Greek Tragedy: the tragic hero is one of high standing in society, everyone loves and respects him. He has a tragic flaw-pride-and he makes a mistake in judgment and then he falls and hard! But he is not completely destroyed and actually in this case, I think the end result is all the better for Pieter and his immediate family.I like how Paton has adopted the Greek Trage [...]

    7. I was turned on to this book because I put Paton's Cry The Beloved country on my top ten novels of all time list on Facebook and someone suggested I read it. Found it at one of my favorite used book stores and snatched it up for a buck or two.Paton is most famous, I think, for Cry The Beloved Country, which was made into a major motion picture starring James Earl Jones. The simplicity of Paton's use of language sparkles, and the earthy imagery his characters pull out doesn't feel contrived but a [...]

    8. Diving into this book is taking a trip to South Africa. He puts you there so fast and so effectively with his beautiful writing and thoughtful prose. I think this book has a bit of weak start. The narrators voice isn't strong and I found myself confused as to whether we were talking about Pieter or his parents. Once I got that straightened out the pages really flew by. Also, when you find out the narrator is his weak, fragile aunt he may have done this perfectly.Didn't anyone else think Alan Pat [...]

    9. No one speaks to the human soul through the use of language like Alan Paton. His exquisite use of prose is as powerful as it is lyrical. While not as emotionally rich as his masterpiece, "Cry, The Beloved Country", this novel is almost as enduring in its scope of human nature. One begins to really feel what it must have been like to be a white South African in a racially-divided world in post WWII almost as much as one can suppose the issues covered in the book are still faced to varying degrees [...]

    10. Magnificent. This is a book that I bought years ago, perhaps as long as a decade ago, and never read until this past fall. What a marvellous book Paton has written. First published in 1955, the story could have taken place anytime during South African apartheid. It is the story of young police lieutenant Pieter van Vlaanderen, whose illegal and suspect relations with the black residents in his district eventually lead to his downfall. His relationship with his father is particularly poignantly d [...]

    11. This is my touchstone book. I check out every book store to see if they have a copy of it. I love everything by Alan Paton but I think this tells more about the repressive nature not only of apartheid but the society that produced it. It is a very personal experience. I lived this man,s fear and loneliness and intense personal struggle with his demons. It is told through the loving and sensitive eyes of his aunt, herself an outsider, and that gives it such a wonderful depth of emotion.

    12. Too Late the Phalarope offers a devastating look into human brokenness, confession, and ultimately a failure of redemption. How many of us have secret selves? How many of us struggle to share those selves with others and fail? A painful, and beautiful book, although a bit rambling in style, this is the Paton that people should read just as often as cry the beloved country.

    13. What are the consequences when an otherwise outstanding member of a community knowingly breaks the law, whether it be civil or moral (or both)? It was a question Nathaniel Hawthorne asked throughout many of his writings, and it is the issue that lies at the center of Alan Paton's powerful and deeply moving novel. -- Handsome Afrikaner Lieutenant Pieter van Vlaanderen seems to have it all: a sterling military service record, a respected police career, a loving family -- he is even an outstanding [...]

    14. On the surface, this is a simple story of forbidden desire. But, the themes stay with you long after: the driving power of lust, and the internal conflict of right vs wrong. It is haunting and tragic and real.

    15. Can person's life be destroyed by one senseless act of passion? Can this destruction extend to his family? Pieter's tightly wound life becomes unraveled and events go out of control. Good suspense here. Also it's a good portrait of colonial racism.

    16. It was like a movie, with an ending so terrible I wished I could have stopped reading before the inevitable. Not a happily ever after, that I usually like to read.

    17. I've had to mull this one over for a few days to decide how I really feel about it. It was definitely not as impactful as "Cry, the Beloved Country." But a powerful story on its own. Here's what I liked:*Paton's writing - I think some people would find it a bit detached and repetitive. It connects with me, though, and makes sense, approaching a senseless societal situation like apartheid with understated emotion. You certainly feel what's being portrayed without it being overly in your face.*I l [...]

    18. Paton tends to be viewed largely as a political novelist, which is understandable given his role as a founder of the Liberal Party and his role as a witness for the defence at the Rivonia Trial. Paton's politics, although admirable for their time and considered dangerously subversive by the Apartheid government, have come under justifiable critique from post-colonial critics. He is on surer ground when it comes to universal themes of sin and redemption. To Late the Phalarope' isn't as explicitly [...]

    19. This second novel by Alan Paton, who achieved instant fame for Cry, The Beloved Country, is another work that highlights injustice in aparthied South Africa. Pieter van Vlaanderen, a police lieutenant, revered in his community as much for his moral rectitude as for his rugby skills, harbors a secret and shameful lust for the black girl Stephanie, against which he struggles but finally gives in to, in violation of the 1927 Immorality Act criminalizing sexual intercourse between natives and Europe [...]

    20. This book takes us into another world, showing the struggle of one man against his own heart in his own culture, and the far-reaching effects his failure has. We know this from the opening pages, narrated by his elderly aunt, who is a nearly omniscient narrator throughout. We hear the protagonist's voice sometimes, too. But what happens when you're obsessed with the idea of possessing a woman not your own? And you live in Apartheid South Africa mid-twentieth-century? And you are from a deeply re [...]

    21. Passage From Book: I knew a man that counted the days, each day, everyday, tearing them off on the little block that stood on his desk. He was always looking at his watch, and saying it’s one o’clock or it’s four o’clock or it’s nine o’clock, as though it were something for satisfaction. When April went, he would say, April’s gone, and wait for May to go too. I never saw him on New Year’s Day, but I suppose he would have said, the old year’s gone; he was waiting for death, thou [...]

    22. A white police lieutenant violates South Africa's hard rule prohibiting inter-racial relationships and suffers the consequences for his actions. But not only him, his entire extended family as well. I struggled with this from start to finish. For one thing, every time I sat down to read, I dozed off at some point. It took me quite a while to figure out that the narrator is the lieutenant's aunt. In several places I had a hard time following that part of the plot in terms of the overall story lin [...]

    23. This is a good book but not as perfect as "Cry the Beloved Country" which is perhaps the best book I have ever read. This book is more of Metaphorical if compare with Paton's best " Cry the Beloved Country"ke Paton's other novels and work this novel is also based upon Apartheid environment. Story is based upon the life of Pieter van Vlanderan and his family, Pieter a police sergeant who fall in love with a black girl and break the Immorality Act of South Africa for which he was later punished an [...]

    24. I can't decide what I think of this booktely a very well written book, I read the whole thing in a few hours, but I'm not sure how I feel about the story itself. Set in post WWII South Africa the main issue is of course race; there are "Immorality Laws" forbidding relationships between blacks and whites. Breaking these laws not only lead to prison, but disgrace for the entire family. It's no surprise what happens in the story along those lines, but there are also family relationship issues that [...]

    25. 3/5 stars This was a really interesting novel about the Aparthied laws in South Africa. Although the topic was very interesting, and the writing style deep and emotional (I teared up near the end of this book), I found myself confused at many points. Some of the stories that were branched into were hard for me to follow, and the Point of View was a bit difficult for me personally. I also had some trouble distinguishing between some of the names (Japie and Kappie for example. I had trouble with w [...]

    26. After reading, and loving, Cry the Beloved Country, I was looking forward to reading this. I didn't like the way it was written at all. The story was good, but the way of writing did not appeal to me at all. The characters were not well-developed, and I just could not get into the story. From the description, I knew that a white man was going to get into trouble for consorting with a black woman in South Africa in the time of apartheid. The consequences for him an his family are terrible. I just [...]

    27. I clicked the five stars and then sat here thinking I really don't know if I can say that I loved this book. Or even that I liked it. But I certainly didn't dislike it or hate it. It's one of those books that makes your heart ache for just about everyone. Set in South Africa during Apartheid, the novel is about racism and colonialism, fathers and sons, husbands and wives, aunts and nephews. It's about love and honor and betrayal and deceit and stupid laws. It's troubling me and I know it will be [...]

    28. This novel was a well written novel. I enjoyed the story overall and i liked the insight of South Africa. Alan Paton's "Cry the Beloved Country" showed South Africa from a native African's point of view. This novel, however, is from a white European's point of view.The novel touches base on the racism and mistreatment of blacks and the way things where run in the past. The author did very well at using his words to elicit emotions and sympathy from the reader. I personally enjoyed the book and i [...]

    29. I chose this book because of the affect Paton's CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY had upon my teen-age years.All these many years later, I still was astounded to read of a place and time where an affair between an Afrikaner man and a black woman has greater racial and cultural consequences than the resultant broken marriage and family woes.Apartheid is a theme in this story, but not the main one: passion, guilt, love and remorse play out, interestingly, without any graphic sexuality.

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