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5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring., 30 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Roots (Paperback)
It's been 20 years since I read Roots, but what a teenager gets from a book is very different from what a middle aged man gets. Alex Haley's work is a masterpiece on so many levels it really is breathtaking. The quality of research and the determination of the man to get to the truth leave me stunned. Excellent story telling combines with wonderful writing to produce a true classic. In many ways this is two books. There's the story of Kunta, the young man torn from his family by sadistic slavers, but who never really gives up his dream of being free again. Alex Haley has drawn on his considerable imagination to create a believable character who the reader can't fail to empathise with. As the story of the family progresses, the book becomes much more a family history, rather than a novel. The book has been crafted with considerable skill, and the shame of Western Europeans and colonial Americans is written large on every page. This is the sort of book which should be required reading for all young people, at once both heartwarming (how people in even the most soul destroying conditions help and support each other) and chilling (man's ever present ability to inflict pain and suffering on his fellow humans). I cried and I laughed, but ultimately I was left feeling ashamed of what white people have done.
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