Google Doodle remembers author Paton

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The GoogleDoodle honouring the 115th birthday of writer Alan Paton on 11 January 2018.

The GoogleDoodle honouring the 115th birthday of writer Alan Paton on 11 January 2018.

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".

 

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.

 

Other books by Paton include Too Late the Phalarope; Ah, But your Land is Beautiful, and the autobiographical Towards the Mountain.