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Roots: The Saga of an American Family Paperback – May 3, 2016
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It was anything but! I was moved by the lush descriptions of places and events. I loved the fullness in the characters. And when I rounded the corner into the end of the book I was truly surprised at the story's true nature.
I spent the first couple of nights critical of the storytelling and how the story's timeline was anchored to political or social events. Once again all the pieces fell into place as the tradition of African oral history was explained and honored in the telling of the story.
I may be a total book nerd, but I Iove a good story that makes me think and challenges my work view.
The story is still just as good but the kindle version must have been scanned in with OCR and never checked! I understand that the book was originally published before PCs and general use of word processors and it is a BIG book but still, if you're going to charge for it, fix it.
The spelling and text errors are appalling. Even just a few chapters in, it's hard to read at times. The letter "l" is often lost with "wel" instead of "well" (sometimes with a space and sometimes without). Spaces in the middle of words is also common -- such as "mar about" rather than "marabout".
There's even the string "1}" in the middle of it with no understanding of why it's there!
Come on, don't ruin a good story because people can't read it! Please fix the editing and send us a good copy of it!
As we have learned in these pages, the roots of the Kinte family are African. I am also from an American family - with German roots. My husband is from an American family - with African roots.
I am not directly or personally responsible for any atrocities related to slavery, nor do I personally know anyone who has been the victim of slavery directly. Maybe because of that, I have had an impersonal attitude toward slavery and if I am being honest, I think I resented being lumped together with those of my race that were responsible for it.
I will confess that, although I had heard of Roots and had been aware of slavery’s impact on America, I had not given either the respect they are due until I married my African-American husband. In an effort to understand his heritage, I chose to read this haunting narrative and it will surely haunt me for the rest of my life! The images and emotions portrayed in these pages have changed me.
Having read Roots, I now have a deep conviction of the wrongs that have been committed. It is my prayer that I and those I have influence over will make every effort to do better for all generations to follow. May that be my legacy to my children and grandchildren and beyond, to in some small way, right a wrong and teach a better way.
Every American, regardless of their race, has roots from somewhere else. Every American, regardless of their roots, has a heart, a soul, a dream, a need. Every American loves, hopes, laughs, cries, hurts and suffers in their own way. May God help us all to see the things we have in common and use those things to unite us and build a future where cruelty no longer exists. Yes, that would be a legacy worth leaving!
—— Peggy Lee, Houston, TX
Now with that said after 17% of trying to read this book, I gave up and ordered an audio version. I followed along with the kindle version while listening. It was terrible! Whoever typed this book for e-readers and their editor needs fired. The amount of mistakes was crazy. Names were spelled wrong (Cunta or Kunta? Ole George or OF George? Tom or Torn?), words were spelled wrong (so wrong they were indeciferable), the wrong World War was typed (should have been II): I mean no one looked at this. It was a level of terrible that should make Amazon ashamed.
This is one of the greatest books of all time. If I could afford it, I would give a copy to everyone I come in contact with.
This is the heart and soul of the American Story.