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When was "The Waste Land" by Alan Paton written and what was it about?

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Posted November 22, 2009 at 12:27 AM via web

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When was "The Waste Land" by Alan Paton written and what was it about?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 22, 2009 at 1:22 AM (Answer #1)

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"The Wasteland" was published as part of Alan Paton's collection "Tales from a Troubled Land."  This collection was published in 1961.

In this very short story, a man gets off a bus and is mugged by a group of young men.  He manages to hit one of them over the head with a large stick.  He then hides under a truck.

The rest of the gang come panting up soon afterward.  From their conversation, it soon becomes clear that the person the mugging victim hit over the head was his own son, Freddy.  Freddy is dead, and his friends take his body and throw it in under the truck, next to his father.

 

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