Roots

    Roots  (Paperback, Alex Haley)

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    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Random House
    • ISBN: 9780099362814, 0099362813
    • Edition: 1994
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    Roots is one man’s effort to trace his ancestry back to his African roots, and to put a face to the history of the African American people.

    Summary Of The Book

    Roots resulted in a cultural phenomenon in the United States, kindling a deeper interest in African American history and heritage. It also forced the country to do a re-examination of its social and racial history. It made Americans look at where they stood on racial issues at the time the novel was published, in the late 1970s.

    The novel sets out to trace the author's family history, back to the first member of the family to set foot in America, Kunta Kinte. Haley had heard stories about this man from his grandmother, a man she referred to as the African. The family had an oral tradition, passing on the tales of this man and his descendants, through each generation.

    So, Haley was able to trace the stories from his grandmother to her father and her grandparents and thus trace his roots far back. Back to Kunta Kinte, who, the family stories said, lived in a place called Kamby Bolongo.

    Two hundred years after his ancestor embarked on his unwilling journey, Haley stood on the same dock where Kunta Kinte is believed to have been put ashore, in America. Captured while he was chopping woods near his village, he was sold to slave traders and put on board a ship bound for unknown lands and a dark future.

    Kunta Kinte is said to have passed on his story to his daughter, along with some words of the African dialect that he spoke. These descended through each generation, adding the story of their own generation as they passed it on.

    Kunta Kinte had a daughter called Kizzy, who had a son called Chicken George. Chicken George was the son of his owner, his mother’s owner, which was a common occurrence in those days. He was a reputed gamecock trainer who earned his independence long before slavery was abolished in America.

    Roots later ran into controversy, with allegations of plagiarism brought against the author and many issues regarding historical inaccuracies. However, the significance of the work goes beyond the controversies. It created an awareness of the African heritage and gave a face to the history of millions of African Americans. Roots was later adapted for a television series.

    About Alex Haley

    Alex Haley was a writer who served in the American coast guard.

    Other books by this author include The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

    Alex Haley was born in 1921 in Ithaca, New York. His father was a Professor at Alabama A&M University. Alex Haley was proud of his father's position and achievement, which would have required him to overcome a large number of obstacles in those days. Haley enlisted in the army as a mess attendant and saw active service during the Second World War. After the war, he applied to the Coast Guard for a transfer to the field of journalism. He retired as Chief Journalist of the Coast Guard, a position created specifically for him, in recognition of his writing skills. He had a distinguished career in the Coast Guard. He also won a Special Pulitzer Prize for Roots in 1977.

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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 1994
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    • Author
      • Alex Haley
    Dimensions
    • Width
      • 1.42 Inches (US)
    • Height
      • 7.8 Inches (US)
    • Depth
      • 1.45 inch
    • Weight
      • 510.0 Grams
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    5

    Most appealing Book after 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' on the plight of African Slaves in America

    After ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ it is the most appealing book that I’ve read on the plot of the plight and misery of the African Slaves in America. The narration in the story is so touching that I could not continue my reading for a few days after the snatching of little Lizzie from her father Kunta-Kinte and selling her to a most ruthless master. However, I resumed my reading again as it was equally impossible to leave the book unfinished. The story takes a different turn with the birth of Chicke...
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    "..an act of love which makes it haunting.."

    My heart was touched and I was moved to tears I read the story of a relatable Kunta, a young boy, who was later sold into slavery. It truly is an insight into history. A cruel past that shouldn't be forgotten.
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    Akshara Anirjita

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    A HISTORICAL MASTERPIECE EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN HISTORY!!

    This book was amazing.Beautifully detailed with african languaphone.If you want to know more about blacks in america and their life and coming generation it is very good.Even if you are not interested in these things it makes for a good read.It is very long and will keep you engrossed for a month or two.

    You will get emotional many times. A good book. A must have .
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    Nitin Tiwari

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    Good book, bad print

    An amazing book, and a must read. Good price too, but found the print not up-to the mark, the font is far to small to be comfortable for a book of this size. I suppose its a compromise for the price.
    I would suggest the more expensive international version if you wish to add this to your personal library.
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    Rajiv Thorat

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    17 Nov, 2012

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    5

    Fantastic piece of research

    When going through the book many a occasion I wept. After reading the book I can smile at any white skinned people when they talk about human rights.Before reading this book I thought Linguistics is an useless subject. But this book gave an U turn in my opinion. When the author met the people of his ancestral village he felt ashame of his less black complexion. Really touching moment.
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    V.Umayorubhagan

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    5

    Awesome ...

    this is like one of the best books i have ever read .. Thanks to my friends who suggested it .. the story and the amount of investigation went into it is absolutely brilliant ... hats off..

    its a must read ....

    after reading i also wanted to find out about my roots :)
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    Sinju Abraham

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    10 Nov, 2011

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    5

    Insight into history

    Starting from the slave trade to freedom, this books talks about it all, in a very personal manner.It surely succeeds in driving home the importance of roots attached to ones identity.Intriguing read.
    Couldn't help wondering how would I have felt If I were Kunta Kinte. Must Read.
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    Yamini Krishna

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    5

    Long but worth it...

    This novel is not just a novel but a peck at various aspects of human life. Yes, it throws more light on the American systems and African practices but the fragrance which it tries to emanate can be found across most of our own cultures irrespective of any continent.
    The sheer practice of narrating the chronology of the lineage to every kid born in the family probably hints at the author’s deep standing wish of imparting a reason for survival of the species and extension of the family. The tu...
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    Sukhamaya Swain

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    26 Mar, 2017

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    Wonderful

    Late delivery by flipkart... Book was in really great condition... And the book was great indeed.
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    Worth reading

    Historical blend story,
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