- Hardcover: 688 pages
- Publisher: Hutchinson; First Edition edition (1 July 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091296803
- ISBN-13: 978-0091296803
- Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15 x 5.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Roots Hardcover – 1 Jul 1977
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"The book is an act of love, and it is this which makes it haunting" (New York Times)
"A gripping mixture of urban confessional and political manifesto, it not only inspired a generation of black activists, but drove home the bitter realities of racism to a mainstream white liberal audience" (Observer)
"Groundbreaking" (Associated Press)
"A Pulitzer Prize-winning story about the family ancestry of author Alex Haley... [and] a symbolic chronicle of the odyssey of African Americans from the continent of Africa to a land not of their choosing" (Washington Post) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The radical, bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning account of Alex Haley's own twelve-year search for his family's origins – a powerful memoir, a history of slavery and a landmark in African-American literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The first hundred pages deals with the birth and life of Kunta Kinte until he is captured. These pages are essential to understanding the enormity of the new and horrific life awaiting Kunta in the plantations. The chapters dealing with the boat trip to America made me feel physically sick by times but I couldn't turn away. Alex Haley did a masterful job of describing the horrific life on the Plantation and of creating well rounded characters that by the end I felt I knew like close friends. Yes this book is a very tough read by times but I cannot recommend it highly enough. Also, I know that to some the size of the book coupled with the small writing might be a bit off putting but please don't let this bother you - it is such a great story that by the end you will actually be wishing for a just a few more pages!
Another thing that really annoyed me, was Haley's way of indicating what was happening in the wider world at the time, his way of presenting all the great historical moments (like the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, etc...) This dialogue, where characters would tell what news they had heard or read, was obvioulsy contrived.Read more ›
I had recently watched the TV dramatisation of this book which was fantastic but I'm glad I then also read the book, which is brilliantly written and gives incredible detail and characterisation.
One of the things that struck me was the importance of oral history and the pride that each subsequent generation in the book had in the African history of their forefather who had been brutally kidnapped into slavery. They were able to cling onto his story throughout the generations and use it to form a positive image of who they were despite the indignities and cruelties that they had to put up with as slaves themselves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing sad that it is true. Human beings are so cruel . So glad that I found it. Thank youPublished 19 days ago by Roberta Anne Docherty
Written entirely from an African American perspective, Roots is an ambitious book that attempts to flesh out a family tale passed down in the author’s family, of how an African... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Moira
Brilliantly written,very disturbing how human beings treat each other,such a pity that these slave traders can't be brought to justicePublished 1 month ago by Grahame McCall
Watched the TV series and I wanted to see if there was anymore in the book, there was and I enjoyed reading this bookPublished 1 month ago by June Bradbury