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Roots (1976)

by Alex Haley

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It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree. When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called the African who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America. As an adult, Alex spent twelve years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of the "African"--Kunta Kinte--as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767. Roots is based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of people.… (more)
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Roots: The Saga of an American Family is a 1976 novel written by Alex Haley. It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African,
captured as an adolescent, sold into slavery in Africa, and transported to North America; it follows his life and the lives of his descendants in the United States down to Haley.
  CarrieFortuneLibrary | Sep 5, 2022 |
Why this book? I remember watching the TV series and how amazing it was but for some reason I don't think I ever read the book.
  Jinjer | Aug 12, 2022 |
“nightly boiling and then cooling a broth of freshly pounded fudano leaves in which she soaked her feat -and the pale palms of her hands- to an inky blackness. When Kunta asked his mother she told him to run along. So he asked his father, who told him, "The more blackness a woman has the more beautiful she is.”
― Alex Haley, Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Great read..one of my favorites from when I was a kid. Should be mandatory reading in all schools..who knows..maybe it is. ( )
  Thebeautifulsea | Aug 5, 2022 |
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  archivomorero | Jun 25, 2022 |
I love this book. It is astonishing, stunning, and absolutely beautiful. ( )
  cmcall | Jun 21, 2022 |
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Haley, Alexprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Amante, MarcoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blomberg, HelenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bond, HigginsIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brooks, AveryNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Costa Picazo, RolandoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dyson, Michael EricIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Güntther, Emil U.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Häilä, ArtoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sickles, NoelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sissung, MaudTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
van der Velde, FrédériqueTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It wasn't planned that Roots' researching and writing finally would take twelve years. Just by chance it is being published in the Bicentennial Year of the United States. So I dedicate Roots as a birthday offering to my country within which most of Roots happened.
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Early in the spring of 1750, in the village of Juffure, four days upriver from the coast of The Gambia, West Africa, a manchild was born to Omoro and Binta Kinte.
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It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree. When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called the African who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America. As an adult, Alex spent twelve years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of the "African"--Kunta Kinte--as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767. Roots is based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of people.

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