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Masterful, Pulitzer-prize winning literary epic about the painful and complex realities of slave life on a Southern plantation. An utterly original ...Show synopsisMasterful, Pulitzer-prize winning literary epic about the painful and complex realities of slave life on a Southern plantation. An utterly original exploration of race, trust and the cruel truths of human nature, this is a landmark in modern American literature. Henry Townsend, a black farmer, boot maker, and former slave, becomes proprietor of his own plantation - as well as his own slaves. When he dies, his widow, Caldonia, succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart: slaves take to escaping under the cover of night, and families who had once found love beneath the weight of slavery begin to betray one another. Beyond the Townsend household, the known world also unravels: low-paid white patrollers stand watch as slave 'speculators' sell free black people into slavery, and rumours of slave rebellions set white families against slaves who have served them for years. An ambitious, luminously written novel that ranges from the past to the present, The Known World seamlessly weaves together the lives of the freed and the enslaved - and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multi-dimensional world created by the institution of slavery.Hide synopsis
The Known World (Amistad Press) – Trade paperback (2004)
Edward P Jones
Trade paperback, Amistad Press 2004
ISBN: 0060557559 ISBN-13: 9780060557553
In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, this two-time National Book Award finalist tells the story of a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia.In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, this two-time National Book Award finalist tells the story of a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia.Hide
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Description:Very good. Slight crease at outer edge of back cover. 415 p....Very good. Slight crease at outer edge of back cover. 415 p. Includes "P.S." section at end: Interview with Edward P. Jones, "The Girl Who Raised Pigeons" by Edward P. Jones (short story), and Dramatis Personae.
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Edward P. Jones' novel The Known World complicates the reader's knowledge of the "peculiar institution" of slavery by focusing in part upon the relationship between black slaveowners and their slaves, and reveals how contingent was the freedom even of freed slaves. The novel has an epic amplitude, ...
I was a little dismayed to have to read this book for a book group because the reviews when it first came out were off-putting. Yes, there were descriptions of the horrid abuse, physical, emotional, sexual, of slaves but the rest of the story carried the weight. I'm glad I decided to get started, and ...
The book centers around a fictional plantation where a black owner has slaves from his own race just before the Civil War. Yet the book doesn't really focus on this fact or its implications in a direct way. It becomes an expansive look at numerous characters in the county encompassing the plantation ...
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