Roots

Roots

The Saga of An American Family

Book - 2014
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Based off of the bestselling author's family history, this novel tells the story of Kunta Kinte, who is sold into slavery in the United States where he and his descendants live through major historic events.

When Roots was first published forty years ago, the book electrified the nation: it received a Pulitzer Prize and was a #1 New York Times bestseller for 22 weeks. The celebrated miniseries that followed a year later was a coast-to-coast event-over 130 million Americans watched some or all of the broadcast. In the four decades since then, the story of the young African slave Kunta Kinte and his descendants has lost none of its power to enthrall and provoke.

Now, Roots once again bursts onto the national scene, and at a time when the race conversation has never been more charged. It is a book for the legions of earlier readers to revisit and for a new generation to discover.

To quote from the introduction by Michael Eric Dyson: "Alex Haley's Roots is unquestionably one of the nation's seminal texts. It affected events far beyond its pages and was a literary North Star.... Each generation must make up its own mind about how it will navigate the treacherous waters of our nation's racial sin. And each generation must overcome our social ills through greater knowledge and decisive action. Roots is a stirring reminder that we can achieve these goals only if we look history squarely in the face."

The star- studded cast in this new event series includes Academy Award-winners Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Derek Luke, Grammy Award-winner Tip "T.I." Harris, and Mekhi Phifer. Questlove of The Roots is the executive music producer for the miniseries's stirring soundtrack.

Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Da Capo Press,a member of Perseus Books Group, 2014.
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition.
Copyright Date: ©2004.
ISBN: 9780306824852
9781593154493
Characteristics: xi, 899 pages ;,21 cm.

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mickie_4
Jul 19, 2019

Reading this/listening/watching the movie should all be required reading. This miniseries was more watched than the super bowl that year, 1976 (?)

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merridethchristy
Jul 11, 2019

I cried, I laughed, I was angry, I was elated, I was relieved, I was on an emotional roller coaster with this one.

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hamberger
Jun 29, 2016

Reading Roots changed the way I view people and society. An important piece of American history, told with much emotion, this book should be required reading for all Americans.

Corey G Brooks Jun 24, 2015

"After reading this I solidified myself as a 21st century genius."

nathanieltaylor11 Mar 06, 2013

What i think about this movie is son unexplainable because this movie shows everything black people went through, and how we suffered. We should have been treated better NO OFFENCE TO WHITE PEOPLE.

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OscarJ
Jul 03, 2012

Alex Haley, as many people, thought.. where did I came from? A must read novel! based on his family's history, begins in Gambia, when Kunta is kidnapped to be sold as a slave. A 10 year research!

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KatrinaP
Feb 16, 2012

After reading "The Help" I remembered watching "Roots" as a mini series way back in what was probably the 1980's. I loved it then and was keen to track down the book. It's the story of the author's ancestor Kunta Kinte, his life in Africa as a free young man, his subsequent capture by white slave traders and then on to the stories of each generation until we come to the author himself. It's all fascinating, from both a human and historical perspective.
However, I found the writing a bit clumsy at times which was a shame because the story really is worth telling. (I'm not referring to the pidgin English of the slaves which I found really fun to read.) If you're curious about this story, by all means give it a go.

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KVERBEEK
Nov 14, 2011

I have never before read a book like this, that pricked every emotion I have ever felt - from light-hearted humor to revulsion and everything in between. It is one of my favorite books ever. I laughed, I cried, I even threw up at least one time. I am thankful to Alex Haley for writing this book. I even named my first son Alexander.

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Amber37
Sep 26, 2011

need to start on chapter 38

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owie07
Aug 14, 2011

Amazing. This book is amazing. I read it again every 5 years or so and love it each time. I connect to all the characters and miss them all when I am finished reading the book.

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