Of another world almost literally How close of a family they were and the way they were raised is so far fetched of what it s like today These people were all about respect and their tight clans and villages They loved all of each other and they worked hard for what they had even if it was hardly anything They lived without most of the things we feel we NEED today It honestly didn t seem that bad of a lifestyleTo be ripped apart from that after barely ust being able to live as they call it was heart breaking Just to be Kunta with his aspirations and dreams and then to be ripped from it Tempting Eden just in a split second by someone with their own ideas and taken away from the only thing he knows I can t imagineust being taken away from my famly and my COUNTRY to some strange place where they don t even speak a language I know The story telling was so descriptive I cried cringed and Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, just felt a weight on my heartFollowing Kinte and seeing how brave he was and how determined he was to find a way back home showed how proud he was and how he really thought if he tried he could make it back I thought he might have tried a bit too much but I think he would ve kept going if they hadn t of done what they did As the years go on he builds a whole new life Learns a new language builds a new home and family and basically start over as a whole nother person Nothing could ve been harder He never let where he came from die though He made sure his children knew where he came from and so onThe only thing I wasn t really too happy about was when the storyust all of a sudden went to Kizzy I mean we never heard about Kunta and Bell again Half the book was about Kunta and then the next chapter that s it I didn t really like thatAll in all I loved how the family kept its tradition and promise to make sure they knew about Kunta and where he came from It was amazingI find it odd too because 3 last names in that book are of my ancestral background Johnson being my maiden name Henning being my grandmother s maiden name and Haley being my great grandmother s maiden name before becoming a Henning This is all on my father s side too I think that s really amazing I wonder if those in the book were my ancestors Hmm Something to look upTo know a bit of where you come from and who your ancestors are I think is a wonderful thing to know For Alex Haley to have been able to actually travel to the place where his great great great great grandfather came from That s ust amazing Not many ppl can say that and I m sure it would give you a sense of PRIDE to be able to say yes my so and so was this person or that personWONDERFUL BOOK I remember watching the mini series of this book on TV around the same time we were studying about early American history in school I finally got my hands on this book a few years back when a friend lent it to me and since she was clearing her bookshelf I was than happy to keep the copyI still have it A gripping and gritting portrayal of the #story of a tribal prince Kunta Kinte who is snatched from his homeland of Africa and #of a tribal prince Kunta Kinte who is snatched from his homeland of Africa and into a nightmare of slavery in America and how not only he but his subseuent generation of descendants fight against odds to keep their identity as well as the story of Kunta Kinte alive A must read I read this book long long ago came across it while going through a book list here on Goodreads and suddenly felt the urge to post a reviewDear Kunta KinteWe are separated by time space and culture Throughout your largely tragic life you would never have imagined that your s I don t know why I ve never read this book before now It s excellent Yes as a Midwestern middle aged white person the repeated use of the N word was #Jarring But Definitely Necessary To The Story It Got A # but definitely necessary to the story It got a across that I don t think would have been properly conveyed any other way I m going to re watch the miniseries soon It came out when I was in grade school so I don t remember it well But I highly recommend the book Magnificent The epic chronicle of a family through many generations of cruelty hardship and suffering But it s much than that really it s the history of slavery in America What happened to the characters in this book happened to millions of others and it s a story that needed to be told and Alex Haley did a masterful ob of telling it Roots should be reuired reading in high schools because all of us regardless of age race or gender should understand this history You can t tell the history of America without telling the history of slavery We can still feel it s impact on our society still today45 stars Roots The Saga of an American Family Roots Alex Haley Roots The Saga of an American Family is a novel written by Alex Haley and first published in 1976 Roots tells the story of Kunta Kinte a young man taken from the Gambia when he was seventeen and sold as a slave and seven generations of his descendants in the United States Kunta a Mandinka living by the River Gambia has a difficult but free childhood in his village Juffure His village subsists #ON FARMING AND SOMETIMES THEY LACK #farming and sometimes they lack food as the climate is harsh Kunta is surrounded by love and traditions Ominously the village had heard of the recent arrival of toubob men with white skins who smell like wet chickens Kunta is excited to see the world At one point Kunta sees men in hoods taking away some of Er him slaves and freedmen farmers and blacksmiths lumber mill workers and Pullman porters lawyers and architects and one authorBut Haley has done than recapture the history of his own family As the first black American writer to trace his origins back to their roots he has told the story of 25000000 Americans of African descent He has rediscovered for an entire people a rich cultural heritage that slavery took away from them along with their names and their identities But Roots speaks finally not ust to blacks or to whites but to all people and all races everywhere for the story it tells is one of the most elouent testimonials ever written to the indomitability of the human spiri. .
Goodreads discussion below this Philip Nobile The Village Voice February 23 1993After Haley s death his private papers were released and reviewed by Philip Nobile who published a definitive article in 1993 Nobile s article details specific problems with Haley s account and includes numerous primary sources I was able to order this article via the periodicals department at my library It was photocopied by a library that owned the magazine copy and sent to my library It cost me 1 Also from Goodreads discussion below this review10 Big Lies about America Medved 2008Big Lie 2 The United States is Uniuely Guilty for the Crime of Slavery and Based Its Wealth on Stolen African LaborhttpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshowA new book has been written that I prefer to Roots A generational narrative that spans from Africa to America and back seeHomegoing Gyasi 2016httpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshow I am at least a fifth generation genealogist I was ten when this book was first published and made into a miniseries But I was allowed to stay up that entire week of January 23 January 30 1977 to watch it in its entirety I thought the cast did an excellent ob To this day I still believe that the book was much better than the movie But as Dr Henry Louis Gates Jr once pointed out Most of us feel it s highly unlikely that Alex actually found the village whence his ancestors sprang Roots is a work of the imagination rather than #strict historical scholarship I honestly can t believe how much I enjoyed #historical scholarship I honestly can t believe how much I enjoyed book It s been sitting on my shelf for about half a year now and I ve been wanting to read it as soon as I got it I always ust started another book though and always said next timeI finally picked it up 6 days ago and finished it about 10 minutes ago The beginning was wonderful I was so enthralled with Africa and Kunta Kinte and his family and the whole works The way they lived the culture the traditions it was like reading. Miles of travel across three continents to find it but finally in an astonishing feat of genealogical detective "WORK HE DISCOVERED NOT ONLY THE "he discovered not only the of the African Kunta Kinte but the precise location of Juffure the very village in The Gambia West Africa from which he was abducted in 1767 at the age of sixteen and taken on the Lord Ligonier to Maryland and sold to a Virginia planterHaley has talked in Juffure with his own African sixth cousins On September 29 1967 he stood on the dock in Annapolis where his great great great great grandfather was taken ashore on September 29 1767 Now he has written the monumental two century drama of Kunta Kinte and the six generations who came aft. ,From Goodreads Discussion Below This
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I loved both the book and movie versions of this powerful historical saga I will never forget the indomitable Kunta Kinte This book changed my very sheltered teenage world view Decades later I am now reading Esi Edugyan s Washington Black and once again I am brought face to face with humanity s truly awful dark side I have to read these gut wrenching novels in bits and pieces because my poor aging heart can no longer take so much horror in one long sittingWith the perspective of time and and my own life experience and after reading Roots and many other historical novels I ve come to realize this We humans constantly abuse POWER whether it comes in the form of money position or some other sort of bestowed privilege There have been rebellions throughout history attempting to redress the imbalance caused by all the abuses of power in this world I used to read historical novels almost exclusively during my teens and twenties but as I entered my thirties and forties I became aded and I turned to historical novels less and less We don t ever seem to learn our lessons do we History The Bride of Willow Creek just keeps repeating itself in a timeless loop only the costumes players and settings seem to changeLately I ve been listening to Simon and Garfunkel s The Sound of Silence as performed by the group Disturbed Silence like a cancer grows so very true Our silence our complacency allows people like Trump to become our Neon Gods Because so many of us are afraid to think for ourselves we surrender to what is fed to us by the media and other prevailing dogma We have to examine all the crutches that so many of us need in this life a religion or philosophy to believe in and blindly follow stockpiles of money so we can build a false sense of security or create temporary happiness by indulging in luxurious status symbols phones cars mc mansions brand name clothes and our consumption of food alcohol and drugs often to excess I amust as guilty of all of thisThose of us who love to retreat into the world of books need to support authors like Esi Edugyan Alex Hailey and countless others who shine the stark light of truth on man s historical and ongoing inhumanity to man Reading helps us to examine diverse thoughts and viewpoints Hopefully we can evolve our own notions of what we need to do to co exist with tolerance and forgiveness Keep reading lest we forget I was only 8 when Roots came out and my family being of the average racist variety in Florida at the time we did not watch it This book was astonishing to me particularly the narrative of Kunta Kinte s life This is why I read What an amazing description of African culture and the rights of manhood Then the horrible violation of slavery and the cross cultural experience of an African oining slaves who were predominately born in the United States Sounds silly but though I ve read many books on slavery none have dealt with the differences among slaves themselves and how growing up as a slave shaped how African Americans #Thought And Interacted Both With Whites And With Newly Arrived #and interacted both with whites and with newly arrived I could understand why Alex Haley is the best selling African American author to dateI wanted to give this book a 5 But two things prevented me from giving it the highest ratingFirst when the book moves away from Kunte Kinte into successive generations while it has engaging moments something of the brilliance was lost This was strange to me After reading the book I did some research on Alex Haley and Roots and discovered that there were allegations that Haley plagiarized from Harold Courlander s The African published nine years before Roots It seems the passages in uestion were concentrated in the life of Kunta Kinte after Courlander sued Haley an out of court monetary settlement from Haley to Courlander was made though Haley seems to have maintained innocence in the matter Could it be that the brilliance of the book came from Courlander s work I don t know and have reuested The African from inter library loan in order to investigate further Margaret Walker Alexander filed a similar suit but hers was dismissed The legal actions of both Courlander and Walker were resolved in 1978 This was two years after the publication of Roots in 1976 and one year after a national television miniseries boosted sales and interest in 1977 I will also hunt down Walker s bookSecondly the genealogical work behind the book has come into uestion This wouldn t be a problem except that the final chapters present the genealogy as factually verified by the author in an attempt to place the work firmly in the historical fiction genre In addition these final chapters #Uphold Haley S Lineage As # Haley s lineage as kind of beacon for all of African descent who don t know who they are This could have been done in the realm of fiction without the assertion of fact but it wasn tI was very disappointed by these revelations I felt mislead even betrayed by Alex Haley However I must concede that even with these faults the book is a wonderful read that opened up new doors of thought to me and shaped my thinking in new ways For that I am grateful As a follow up I have also confirmed that Haley plagiarized from Margaret Walker s book Jubilee an absolutely fabulous book written by the first African American woman to earn a PhD I would highly recommend this book In addition reading both The African and Jubilee. When he was a boy in Henning Tennessee Alex Haley's grandmother used to tell him stories about their family stories that went back to her grandparents and their grandparents down through the generations all the way to a man she called the African She said he had lived across the ocean near what he called the Kamby Bolongo and had been out in the forest one day chopping wood to make a drum when he was set upon by four men beaten chained and dragged aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial AmericaStill vividly remembering the stories after he grew up and became a writer Haley began to search for documentation that might authenticate the narrative It took ten years and a half a million.