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Roots Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Audio Download
  • 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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Format: Paperback
I finished reading this book a few months ago but it is still with me. I am still haunted by the images of the innocent and beautifully characterised Kunta Kinte being snatched from his village in Juffure. This book was my insight into American history and I was unable to put it down until it was finished. I lived the horrors with Kunta Kinte and followed all the subsequent generations through their lives, and I did become one of them. This is the most amazing book you will every read. Please read it, every thinking man and woman should read this and spare a thought for the atrocities that happened in the past.
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Format: Paperback
Hayley's 'Roots' is easily one of the best and most vivid books I have ever read. It is a modern classic and it comes with my 100% recommendation.
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.....
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I got caught by the story when as I child I had watched a quite famous TV series, and the earliest opportunity I wanted to read also the book.
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.
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Told in the true style of griots, this story gripped my emotions from beginning to end. The last time I read it was 6 years ago and never has a book stayed with me more than Roots. The first time I read it was actually whilst visiting Gambia and it made me a far more popular person with the Gambians, they are very proud to be linked with the names Alex Haley and Kunta Kinte and rightly so. We all know the story by now, but it is the passion of Alex Haley's writing which makes this such a compelling read, the love he feels for his subject draws the reader in with such power it is impossible to let go. This book was the first time I had really come into contact with the slave trade, and I can truthfully say something in this book changed me forever, I really had my eyes opened to the trade in human flesh and knew what humans were capable of doing to each other. I never wanted this book to end, but when it did I cried tears of joy, sadness and knowledge. Thank you so much Alex Haley for sharing your family's story with us, it is something I will never forget.
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