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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. 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 joining 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 Africans 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

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Roots author Alex Haley

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 just 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. 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

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Miles of travel across three continents to find it but finally in an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work he discovered not only the name 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. 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 on TV in 1977 In the meantime I did a lot of work to unroot that racism I was brought up with and read widely Alice Walker Toni Morrison Toni Cade Bambara Zora Neale Hurston Malcolm X Ralph Ellison etc but until now some 43 years later I read Roots by Alex Haley It was a moving experience particularly the middle passage of Kunta Kinta from La Gambia to Napolis which I found particularly horrifying In the coda Chapter 120 Alex Haley says that he purposefully took a freighter along that same route sleeping in the hold nearly naked on a wooden plank Hardcore Now there were several lawsuits one of which Haley lost for plagiarism of parts of Roots This did bother me a little bit but it didn t take away from the narrativeRoots is the story of Alex Haley s family from his ancestor Kunta Kinte who was captured in The Gambia in West Africa and enslaved in


10 thoughts on “Roots author Alex Haley

  1. says:

    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 story would ever be written let alone read by a bookish t

  2. says:

    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 Gam

  3. says:

    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 joining slaves who were predominately born in the U

  4. says:

    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 thro

  5. says:

    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 happe

  6. says:

    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 on TV in 1977 In the meantime I did a lot of work to unroot that racism I was brought up with and read widely Alice Walker Toni Morrison Toni Cade Bambara Zora Neale Hurston Malcolm X Ralph Ellison etc but

  7. says:

    I honestly can't believe how much I enjoyed this book It's been sitting on my shelf for about half a year now and I've been wanting to read i

  8. says:

    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 point 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

  9. says:

    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 muc

  10. says:

    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 job To this day I still believe that the book was