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The Known World (2003)

by Edward P. Jones

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    Widsith: The obvious companion-piece...both Pulitzer-winning novels about slavery in 19th-century Virginia
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An engrossing, troubling saga encompassing about 40 years in the early 1800's and a number of families in rural Virginia through which slavery and racism is viewed from many angles. ( )
  snash | Feb 7, 2016 |
A difficult look at all the moral issues of slavery. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 26, 2016 |
Very interesting though hard to follow on audio sometimes. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Very interesting though hard to follow on audio sometimes. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
When I first started reading, I wasn't sure I could make it through this book. The writing style was just so strange--like, he would introduce a character and then talk about their past, present, and future all at once. Thus, this is not a plot-driven book--you know everything that has and will happen simultaneously. Still, the concept itself was so intruging (black slave owners--should I be ashamed to admit that I didn't even know there was such a thing?)that I got more and more into it, and by the time I was about 75% through it I realized I really liked it. ( )
  mermaidatheart | Dec 1, 2015 |
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Among the many triumphs of ''The Known World,'' not the least is Jones's transformation of a little-known footnote in history into a story that goes right to the heart of slavery. There are few certified villains in this novel, white or black, because slavery poisons moral judgments at the root
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One great achievement of Edward Jones's Pulitzer prize-winning novel The Known World is the circumscription of its moral vision, which locates the struggle between good and evil not in the vicissitudes of the diabolical slaveholding system of the American south, but inside the consciousness of each person, black or white, slave or free, who attempts to flourish within that soul-deadening system
 
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My soul's often wondered how I got over. . . .
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TO MY BROTHER
JOSEPH V. JONES

And, again,

TO THE MEMORY OF OUR MOTHER
JEANETTE S.M. JONES
who could have done much more in a better world.

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The evening his master died he worked again well after he ended the day for the other adults, his own wife among them, and sent them back with hunger and tiredness to their cabins.
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Set in Manchester County, Virginia, 20 years before the Civil War began, Edward P. Jones's debut novel, The Known World, is a masterpiece of overlapping plot lines, time shifts, and heartbreaking details of life under slavery. Caldonia Townsend is an educated black slaveowner, the widow of a well-loved young farmer named Henry, whose parents had bought their own freedom, and then freed their son, only to watch him buy himself a slave as soon as he had saved enough money. Although a fair and gentle master by the standards of the day, Henry Townsend had learned from former master about the proper distance to keep from one's property. After his death, his slaves wonder if Caldonia will free them. When she fails to do so, but instead breaches the code that keeps them separate from her, a little piece of Manchester County begins to unravel. Impossible to rush through, The Known World is a complex, beautifully written novel with a large cast of characters, rewarding the patient reader with unexpected connections, some reaching into the present day.
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Set in Manchester County, Virginia, 20 years before the Civil War began, Edward P. Jones's debut novel, The Known World, is a masterpiece of overlapping plot lines, time shifts, and heartbreaking details of life under slavery. Caldonia Townsend is an educated black slaveowner, the widow of a well-loved young farmer named Henry, whose parents had bought their own freedom, and then freed their son, only to watch him buy himself a slave as soon as he had saved enough money. Although a fair and gentle master by the standards of the day, Henry Townsend had learned from former master about the proper distance to keep from one's property. After his death, his slaves wonder if Caldonia will free them. When she fails to do so, but instead breaches the code that keeps them separate from her, a little piece of Manchester County begins to unravel. Impossible to rush through, The Known World is a complex, beautifully written novel with a large cast of characters, rewarding the patient reader with unexpected connections, some reaching into the present day. --Regina Marler

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When a plantation proprietor and former slave--now possessing slaves of his own--dies, his household falls apart in the wake of a slave rebellion and corrupt underpaid patrollers who enable free black people to be sold into slavery.

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