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on 18 August 2016
As the cover of my copy with its 'The International TV Sensation' sticker would suggest this is an old copy. A copy read many times since the 9/10 year old me first read it but probably not since I became aware of the revelations that Roots was not all I had thought it to be.
A book I'd once have recommended as a read that 'told it how it was' (or as much as the original oral storytelling as supposedly passed down by Kunta Kinte allowed anyway). If asked now I'd say read it if you so desire but only as the work of fiction it has been proven to be.
Once a favourite of mine. Now what I consider more well read than my teenage self, the passing the book off as fact, the plagiarism aside, I'm afraid Roots wasn't all I remembered it to be.
Certainly not as well written. I understand that the first portion of the book, the young Kunta's story, is a means of putting across the way of life snatched away from him but, dear oh dear, whilst in many ways (for me anyway) the most interesting part of the book, I thought it painfully drawn out.
Incredibly abrupt in parts. Seven generations. There is no overlapping. As the story of the next generation begins, there is no going back to the previous generation in order to gauge their reactions to what is now happening.
But what of the characters?
Ultimately I like to feel more than one emotion and, sadly, empathy aside, I found myself feeling relatively little else for any of the characters. Summed up, at a push I found them two-dimensional.
Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.