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Starred Review. 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.
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''The book is an act of love, and it is this which makes it haunting.'' --New York Times
''A gripping mixture of urban confessional and political manifesto, it not only inspired a generation of black activists, but drove home the bitter realities of racism to a mainstream white liberal audience.'' --Observer
''Groundbreaking.'' --Associated Press
''A Pulitzer Prize-winning story about the family ancestry of author Alex Haley... [and] a symbolic chronicle of the odyssey of African Americans from the continent of Africa to a land not of their choosing.'' --Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An overall piece of crap; don't waste your time with this...just another feel sorry for a stupid race of humans; who can and will never be able to take of theirselves.Published 2 days ago by Grayghost
If you loved the movie, you'll love the book. Also, it answers all of the questions you might have about things in the movie. Like where Cap'n Jack references Annie.Published 25 days ago by Angela
Excellent book! I had heard about Roots as a miniseries for years and just decided to read the book it was based on. Wow am I glad that I did... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Courtney G. Aucoin
I remember Roots being on TV in the 1990s before TV went digital. It's come full circle and now Henry Louis Gates Jr created a series called African American Lives. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ms. Ayesha Karim
I thoroughly enjoyed the book version of the television miniseries. With books, obviously there is more room for detail. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CRP