Alex Haley's grandmother used to tell him stories about their family back through the generations, all the way to a man she called "the African". She said he had lived across the ocean and had been out in the forest one day chopping wood when he was set upon by four men, beaten, chained and dragged aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America. ...
Alex Haley's grandmother used to tell him stories about their family back through the generations, all the way to a man she called "the African". She said he had lived across the ocean and had been out in the forest one day chopping wood when he was set upon by four men, beaten, chained and dragged aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America. Haley began to search for documentation that might authenticate the narrative. The result is this two-century drama of Kunta Kinte and the six generations who came after him - slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lumbermill workers and Pullman porters, lawyers and architects - and one author.
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Alex Haley's extensive research and masterful storytelling have resulted in a timeless classic. This book makes us conscious of our own beginnings, man's inhumanity to man, and of our common ground as a human race. Everyone should read "Roots".
Publishers Weekly, 2007-08-27 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. Simultaneous release with the Vanguard Press paperback reissue. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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