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Starred Review. It's hard to believe that it has been 30 years since Alex Haley's groundbreaking historical novel (based on his own family's history) was first published and became a worldwide phenomenon. Millions have read the story of the young African boy named Kunte Kinte, who in the late 1700s was kidnapped from his homeland and brought to the United States as a slave. Haley follows Kunte Kinte's family line over the next seven generations, creating a moving historical novel spanning 200 years. Avery Brooks proves to be the perfect choice to bring Haley's devastatingly powerful piece of American literature to audio. Brooks's rich, deep baritone brings a deliberate, dignified, at times almost reverential interpretation to his reading, but never so reserved as to forget that at its heart this is a story about people and family. His multiple characterizations manage, with a smooth and accomplished ease, to capture the true essence of each individual in the book. Michael Eric Dyson offers an informative introduction to Haley's book, but it is Brooks's performance that brings the author's words and history to life.
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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 the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
I read this when I was about 13 a long time ago :). I bought this book for my daughter who is an avid reader. She is 11 and enjoyed it thoroughly. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rich
I originally read this book when it first came out - loved it then - love it today. I found it very well written. My heart ached for the horrors that the characters went through. Read morePublished 15 months ago by FayB
The book arrived at its destination in good condition and in good time. I'm sure my my dad is enjoying the read.Published 19 months ago by Oddey
Extremely poor printing quality.
Do not purchase for no reason.
What a shame for such a nice book: Check for it in some book store.
True story of Alex Haley's family. After he had heard his elders talk about that African, Alex became interested in his ancestral history. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2013 by PERFECT4GIFT
I remember watching the mini-series Roots on American Television from Canada and it's a culturally defining moment in many ways. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2011 by Bart Breen
This year for Black History Month, I decided to read a black history book, and I could not think of any title more celebrated than Alex Haley's "Roots". Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by J. Carruthers