JOHANNESBURG - Google has dedicated the doodle on its search page to South African author Alan Paton in honour of what would have been his 115th birthday on Thursday.
Google calls the author of Cry, the Beloved Country a "visionary who did much to fight for basic human principles of love, non-violence, and equality".
A timely & appropriate #google doodle - Alan Paton's 115th bday. The author of 'Cry, the Beloved Country' & anti-apartheid activist.— Hilan Berger (@hilanb18) January 11, 2018
"There is only one way in which one can endure man's inhumanity to man and that is to try, in one's own life, to exemplify man's humanity to man." pic.twitter.com/CY6LUQ8Ih0
Paton, who was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1903, vocally opposed apartheid and helped found the Liberal Party in 1953. According to SA History Online, his time as principal at the Diepkloof Reformatory for Young Offenders had a significant impact on his political development.
The best known of his many novels, Cry, the Beloved Country was considered "alternatively as revolutionary or sentimental by many White South Africans. The book became a massive success and by 1988 had sold more than 15 million copies internationally. It has also spurred two films," says SA History Online.
The book tells of a poor black priest from rural Ixopo in then Natal who travels to Johannesburg to find his son.
Yakim, Alan Paton a White anti-Apartheid activist&author said "I fear that when we have turned to Love, they would have turned to Hate"— Let's Be Fair (@Dlidlozi) December 29, 2017
I you have never read Alan Paton's Cry, The Beloved Country, it is an amazing book. My favorite line is from the Anglican native priest Msimangu who says "I am a weak and sinful man, but God put His hands on me, that is all."— VictoriaWest (@VictoriaWest992) December 29, 2017
Other books by Paton include Too Late the Phalarope; Ah, But your Land is Beautiful, and the autobiographical Towards the Mountain.