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This review is from: Roots (Paperback)
I borrowed this book from a friend not knowing what to expect. I'll hand it back knowing I have read what is probably the most moving true story ever written.
I defy anyone not to feel sad as the family moves further and further away from their roots as each generation passes. And I defy any white readers not to feel a little shame at the colour of their skin at one point or another during the book... I did.
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Initial post: 28 Jan 2010 13:06:43 GMT
You do realise it's just fiction and not only that much of it was
plagiarised from an earlier work by Harold Courlander. Haley (having
made a huge sum from its publication) reportedly paid $650,000 to
Courlander in an out of court settlement.
And on that skin colour comment, you do realise that slavery was a
way of life in Africa (still is in some parts) long before the white traders
arrived. In reality it was more likely that other Africans sold the slaves on
to the slave ships.
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