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- Listening Length: 30 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 10 Jan. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006WCJ98Y
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Roots is a account of the life of Kunta Kente, a young African boy, captured and shipped to the US to work as a slave. The book details the start of his life from his birth in 1750 in a village called Juffire in Gambia in the West of Africa. As a young boy Kunta is captured and subsequently transport across the sea to be sold as a slave. Kunta is shipped to and sold in the State of Virginia, first by a harsh master and thus he runs away four times, with no place to go his is re-caught and eventually sold to a new 'master' who is much softer than the first. Kunta eventually accepts his fate and the book goes on to detail his working life with his new master, his marriage the housemaid Belle and the birth of their daughter Kizzy. In some ways the book has a happy ending as Kunte is eventually freed but at the end of the day this book is about slavery, a practise that was inhumane and unforgivable.
At times It is a shocking and graphic account of the maltreatment and suffering endured by those taken as slaves. Both in America but particularly the parts in which Kunta details his experiences on the ship across the Atlantic, where he estimates that the death rate could reach as high as 40%, given the unsanitary conditions, with bodies just chucked mercilessly into the sea. This disturbing account will stay with me always, it is appalling to think that so many thousands of innocent people undertook such horrific times, stolen from their homelands in order to ensure that the USA became the richest country in the World.....Read more ›
The book tells us the story of a young African boy Kunta Kinte. He was born in Gambia (West Africa) in the middle of 18th century and he is just 17 when he's taken by slave-drivers and brought to America on one of those dreadful ships you could find so frequently on that route in the period. Once arrived he's sold to a cotton plantation owner. From that point on, Kunta story goes through a series of terrible events: the humiliation of getting a new name (Toby), the overall nullification of its own identity and then physical pain: a foot cut away after an escape attempt, the whipping. Despite the ordeal, Kunta stands out and tries to resist: he doesn't answer to the name the have given him, and speaks by himself in his own language, and when he finds some respite in the marriage with another slave and in the birth of his daughter Kizzy, he tries to pass on his story to his little girl. He goes around the plantation telling the child the name of the things he sees around in his own language. And little Kizzy learns and when she's separated by her family as a punishment for having helped a fugitive slave, it will will her turn to pass on to her child the same stories her father had taught her. And as the family grows, each new child is told the story of an African boy called Kunta Kinte. And so generation through generation the story of Kunta Kinte arrives to one of his great-great-grandchildren: Alex Haley the author. He's always listened to the stories of his family told by his grandparents and great-uncles. And having started a career as a writer, he begin his research, based on just the few words passed on in the family.Read more ›
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Fantastic,make me cry many times...i recommend this brilliant read..i first read it years ago and enjoyed it just as much again!Published 1 month ago by penny
Superb book by Alex Haley on slave trading, really thought provoking book. Would highly recommend.Published 5 months ago by Mary Hepburn
I think Roots is a great piece of work, the story of one of the greatest crimes against a people, put into the form of a crime against a person. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. Chris George