Find Your Next Favorite Book
Save up to $20
Our Money-Back Guarantee

The Known World

by

Masterful, Pulitzer-prize winning literary epic about the painful and complex realities of slave life on a Southern plantation. An utterly original ... Show synopsis

Find your copy

Buy it from  $0.99
Buy new from  $1.84
Collectible from  $3.42

Change currency

Reviews of The Known World

Overall customer rating: 4.000
rejoyce

The Peculiar Institution

by rejoyce on Sep 3, 2007

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, ... More

ReaderSue

Intriguing Story

by ReaderSue on Apr 28, 2007

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 ... More

AmateurHistorian

Intriguing and fatiguing

by AmateurHistorian on Apr 1, 2007

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 ... More

Customer rating: 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
Would recommend?: Yes  1 out of 1
Love it or hate it? Review it now

Discussions about The Known World

Start a new discussion
  1. What's on your mind? Review post guidelines

Join Today!

Share your ideas with other community members

Create account

Already a member?

Log in now

Get $300 in coupons and other goodies. Sign up for newsletter No, thank you.

You're signed up (and we you). Watch for our Welcome e-mail and your first coupon. Thanks!