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"Cry, the Beloved Country" is the story of a native Anglican priest, Stephen Kumalo, who lives in a drought-stricken village in South Africa in the 1940s. The poor conditions in this and other villages has driven many young people to seek work in Johannesburg, the large capital city of South Africa. Kumalo's sister, Gertrude, brother, John, and son, Absalom, have all gone to the city and Kumalo and his wife have not heard from any of them for some time.
Kumalo is called to Johannesburg by a fellow priest named Msmimangu to rescue his sister from a life of prostitution. He convinces his sister, who has a small son, to return to their village. Kumalo also visits his brother, John, who has become a successful carpenter and community leader and who gives him some information to help him track down his son, Absalom.
With Msimangu's help, Kumalo looks for his...