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Roots: The Saga of an American Family (Modern Classics) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2000
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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.
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Very sad that this isn't available on Kindle or any E-format. No one seems to know why. a real shame.Published 1 day ago by john maguire
Amazing sad that it is true. Human beings are so cruel . So glad that I found it. Thank youPublished 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months ago by June Bradbury