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From Publishers Weekly
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"The 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
Philadelphia Tribune, 6/7/16
[A] landmark book.”Marian Wright Edelman
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This was the book that made Americans of all races and creeds care about this country's shameful past in a way that many never had before. The book points out the role of Arab slave traders in the problem, but it should be noted that under their auspices such problems stayed on African soil until the arrival of the toubob.
Haley does a brilliant job of getting inside the heads, hearts and souls of his forbear, Kunta Kinte and his family, however fictional certain aspects of the story may be. He warmly and lovingly re-creates both the positive and negative aspects of life in the village of Juffure, The Gambia, detailing their family lives, educational system, religious life, and their complex system of government. We learn about griots, who are highly reminiscent of the wandering minstrels of Medieval Europe, who through their songs and stories, pass the history of their people from one generation to another.I could feel the hot,arid climate of that region from just reading!
If people never read any other part of this epic saga, I would at least encourage them to read Chapter 24 in which Haley gives a brief but college-level education about the great kingdoms of West Africa, including Mali, the Kingdom where the world's first University was built in Timbuktu.Read more ›
It is now one of her favorite books.
Also, despite what you read within the pages, this story has little or no historical value. It certainly does not represent a historically accurate picture of Haley's family tree, despite what he says about his "research" and his journey to Africa. Tragically, the black experience has ensured that the kind of genealogical information we crave is irretrievable. That does not excuse Haley's sloppy work and false claims, however. Unfortunately, this book also contains much plagiarism of "The African" by Harold Courlander, as has been known since a lawsuit related to it in the 1970s.
Harold Courlander's novel, from which Alex Haley stole, is justly neglected - Haley's novel could justly be neglected too. It's a good read, but not an essential or important one. When you consider the baggage that it carries, one should look elsewhere for a definitive novel about the black experience. Maybe "The Book of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill?
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The book arrived at its destination in good condition and in good time. I'm sure my my dad is enjoying the read.Published on Jan. 14 2014 by Oddey
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