Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Roots The Saga of an American Family A special tie in edition to the forthcoming remake of the seminal television miniseries airing in Tracing his ancestry through six generations slaves and freedmen farmers and blacksmiths lawyer

  • Title: Roots: The Saga of an American Family
  • Author: Alex Haley
  • ISBN: 9780306824852
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • A special tie in edition to the forthcoming remake of the seminal television miniseries, airing in 2016Tracing his ancestry through six generations slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects back to Africa, Alex Haley discovered a sixteen year old youth, Kunta Kinte It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and in torment andA special tie in edition to the forthcoming remake of the seminal television miniseries, airing in 2016Tracing his ancestry through six generations slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects back to Africa, Alex Haley discovered a sixteen year old youth, Kunta Kinte It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and in torment and anguish brought to the slave markets of the New World, who held the key to Haley s deep and distant past.Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the U.S National Book Award.

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    1. I read this book long, long ago: came across it while going through a book list here on , and suddenly felt the urge to post a review.Dear Kunta Kinte,We are separated by time, space and culture. Throughout your largely tragic life, you would never have imagined that your story would ever be written, let alone read by a bookish teenager in far-away India, for whom slavery till that day was only a fact learned from school textbooks, mucked up to pass hated history exams. However, Mr. Kinte, you w [...]

    2. Roots, Alex Haley تاریخ نخستین خوانش: نوزدهم فوریه سال 1979 میلادیعنوان: ریشه ها؛ نویسنده: الکس هیلی؛ مترجم: علیرضا فرهمند؛ تهران، خوارزمی، 1357؛ در 695 ص؛ چاپ دوم: تهران، امیرکبیر، 1361؛ چاپ سوم 1363؛ چهارم 1367؛ پنجم 1369؛ ششم 1382؛ هفتم 1387؛ هشتم 1388؛ نهم و دهم 1392؛ یازدهم 1393؛ شابک: 9789643030506؛ چاپ دوازد [...]

    3. This book was astonishing to me - particularly the narrative of Kunta Kinte's life. This is why I read! What an amazing description of African culture and the rights of manhood. Then, the horrible violation of slavery and the cross-cultural experience of an African joining slaves who were predominately born in the United States. Sounds silly, but though I've read many books on slavery, none have dealt with the differences among slaves themselves and how growing up as a slave shaped how African A [...]

    4. Magnificent. The epic chronicle of a family through many generations of cruelty, hardship and suffering. But it's much more than that really; it's the history of slavery in America. What happened to the characters in this book happened to millions of others and it's a story that needed to be told and Alex Haley did a masterful job of telling it. Roots should be required reading in high schools because all of us, regardless of age, race, or gender should understand this history. You can't tell th [...]

    5. Knjiga, a potom i serija, koje smo mnogo voleli Kako bi bilo lepo kad bi se neko setio evergrin naslova i ponovo objavio ovu knjigu Pre nekoliko godina sam nabavila originalni box set serije pa mogu da uživam u njoj kad god poželim Makar nešto :)

    6. Alles beginnt in dem kleinen Dorf Juffure in Gambia, aus dem Mitte des 18. Jhd. der junge Kunta Kinte von Sklavenjägern gefangen und nach Virginia verschleppt wird.Festgekettet an eine Holzpritsche auf dem Unterdeck erleben die Gefangenen eine grauenvolle, menschenunwürdige Überfahrt, die sehr vielen das Leben kostet. Die Menschen sterben an allen möglichen Infektionskrankheiten. Sie liegen in ihren eigenen Exkrementen; Hunger, Durst und Ratten geben Ihnen den Rest.Kunta Kinte überlebt mehr [...]

    7. I honestly can't believe how much I enjoyed this book. It's been sitting on my shelf for about half a year now and I've been wanting to read it as soon as I got it. I always just started another book though and always said "next time."I finally picked it up 6 days ago and finished it about 10 minutes ago. The beginning was wonderful. I was so enthralled with Africa and Kunta Kinte and his family and the whole works. The way they lived, the culture, the traditions, it was like reading of another [...]

    8. درباره ی بردگی کتاب و فیلم کم نخوندم و کم ندیدم اما چیزی که کتاب ریشه ها رو خاص میکنه، توصیف وضعیت «برده بودن» نیست، وصف مسیر دردناک و تلخ «برده شدن»ه 400 صفحه اول کتاب، از زندگی کونتا کینته ی مسلمان آفریقایی در دهکده اش، تا برده شدنش و آورده شدنش به امریکا، بهترین، جذاب‌ترین و [...]

    9. I am at least a fifth generation genealogist. I was ten when this book was first published and made into a miniseries. But, I was allowed to stay up that entire week of January 23 – January 30, 1977 to watch it in its entirety. I thought the cast did an excellent job. To this day, I still believe that the book was much better than the movie. But, as Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. once pointed out, "Most of us feel it's highly unlikely that Alex actually found the village whence his ancestors spran [...]

    10. I opened the cover of this book with eagerness and excitement. In fact, I informed my family I was finally reading Roots and I would be out of commission for the week! I was then greeted by 192 pages of some of the dullest prose I have ever encountered. Dull and monotonous writing. Zero character development. The exotic locale of Africa reduced to sand and thorns, with a few cardboard cut-outs of Africans standing around.Then, on page 192 (out of 900), conflict finally creates the true beginning [...]

    11. The teenage self who first read this book would have given it five stars without hesitation. The conception is brilliant. I don't think there's a better way to really absorb history, and really inspire people to dig deeper, than what this purported to do. To really have you come face to face with history by telling the story of one family, especially in fictional narrative form, where people of the past can be brought vividly to mind as people who bled and sweated and struggled. And Alex Haley h [...]

    12. "Based on Alex Haley’s novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, whose 1977 TV adaptation remains one of the most-watched dramas in US TV history, this powerful story remains as relevant today as it was nearly forty years ago."source

    13. سالها قبل خوانده ام. من که با آدمهایش زندگی کردم. فکر کنم اگر دوباره بخوانم هم بازهم این تجربه تکرارشود. بلاخره کتاب مشهور و شاید هم از آثار کلاسیک باشد.

    14. this is a perfect example of a book that would benefit from GR offering different rating criteria, rather than just one overall rating. because of the cultural and historical significance of roots, it deserves 5-stars. but because i was really expecting much stronger writing and a smoother style - i mean, he's got 900 pages to work with here; it's not like there's a shortage of space - i feel like the book was only 2½ to 3-stars on the quality of writing. i did very much enjoy the dialects hale [...]

    15. تعجب كونتا كنتي من بعض أفراد قبيلته الذين كانوا عبيداً عندهم مقابل الأكل والشرب أو مقابل حياتهم لكونهم كانوا في الأصل إما أعداء أو سجناء واستغرب قبولهم و ارتضاءهم لهذا الوضع، فاستفسر من والده الذي رد عليه بقوله:-لقد أصبحوا عبيداً عندما لم يكونوا شجعاناً لدرجة يفضلون الموت ع [...]

    16. I think it significantly affected my reading of Roots having come to it with the knowledge that Haley had been accused of plagiarism by Harold Courlander "The African" and Margaret Walker Alexander "Jubilee". While nothing can undermine the horrors experienced by slaves during this period, there was some question in my mind about the integrity of the author and thus, his ability to accurately portray these truths, even within the framework of fiction. Nevertheless, it is impossible to deny the s [...]

    17. I appreciate the author's research of his own roots and the overall message this book has. The problem I had with it was that the writing style was uninteresting. It wasn't bad but it made the characters too two-dimensional for me to enjoy the story overall. They were all empty and I couldn't cheer for them or feel for them. But I understand why the book is important to some and why it has the position it has, I just didn't notice the literary value it supposedly has. Plus the plagiarism accusat [...]

    18. أعتقد أن عدداً لا بأس به من جيلى - مواليد أوائل الثمانينيات - قد شاهد المسلسل الأجنبى الشهير المأخوذ عن هذه الرواية.و من شاهد المسلسل تعرف من خلاله على فترة من أكثر فترات التاريخ الأمريكى إنحطاطاًهى الفترة التى اتسمت بتجارة الرقيق المختطف من أفريقيا.بدأت قراءة الرواية ولدى ش [...]

    19. Alex Haley's novel is more than just a piece of award-winning literature, but a glimpse into the soul of America's lifeblood, even though it touches on areas that many would likely wish to see forgotten. In the opening portion of the novel, Haley introduces the reader to the small villages of Gambia, where one Kunta Kinte is born and raised. Kunta explores a life of simplicity but also relative complexity, as he grows up learning the ways of his people, always warned about the dangers of the whi [...]

    20. «قانون می‌گوید اگر سیاه‌پوستی، در چشم سفیدپوستی راست نگاه کند ۱۰ ضربه شلاق باید بخورد. قانون آن‌ها می‌گوید اگر سفیدی قسم بخورد که سیاهی دروغ گفته ‌است حق دارند یک گوش او را ببرند. اگر سفید بگوید سیاه دوبار دروغ گفته است حق دارند دوتا گوش او را ببرند. قانون می‌گوید اگر آدم سف [...]

    21. This is probably the book that started my historical fiction fixation. I read this in my early teenage years along with the Clan of the Cavebear books, Gone With The Wind and the North and South series. I love how it brings history to life. The characters are real and you can sympathize with their situations -- particularly Kunta Kinte's. It made the horrible practice of slavery real and how it dehumanizing it was. I think that reading it at a young age made me into a more compassionate person. [...]

    22. كيف لها ألا تسكب ( بنها ) دمعاً ، قهوتي في حضرة ( الجذور ) ترسم صورة ذاك الصبي ( كونتا كونتي ) الفتى المسلم الذي أُنتزع من أحضان أدغال أفريقيا ليلقى به في جحيم العبودية رواية مأساوية لأحداث حقيقية تفاعلت معها بكل مشاعري بعد أن تنتصف الرواية ستصعقك مفاجأة إقشعر لها جسدي حين قال ( و [...]

    23. Πρόκειται για την ιστορία της οικογένειας του κ. Haley, όπως την άκουσε μέσα από διηγήσεις γεροντότερων και από κάποια έρευνα που έκανε ο ίδιος. Για εμένα, το βιβλίο είναι εξαιρετικά ανομοιογενές. Και θα εξηγήσω παρακάτω τι ακριβώς εννοώ.Το πρώτο μισό του βιβλίου είναι η ιστορ [...]

    24. From BBC Four:A historical portrait of American slavery, recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship.Episode 1Juffere, West Africa, 1767 - young, proud Kunta Kinte is being initiated as a Mandinka warrior and ready to start thinking about his future. But a feud with a rival family results in him being kidnapped and sold to English slave traders, who are in the business of transporting shiploads of enslaved [...]

    25. If you haven't read this amazing story, you have to grab it. The author not only found his own past but has shared it with readers in a remarkable way. You can't help but fall in love with the family and empathize with their plight. Some day I woiuld love to be able to look up my own ancestors and find the lives they came before and the legacy left behind, great job!

    26. the tv series was one of the rarest tv series which were imported into china when i was small(fucking early 90's), and i ass-rimmedly loved it. i can now still remember that excrement and vomit filled blackbirder cabin much more imprinted than the tub YIKES!scene of The Cormorant,,,///囧

    27. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمالجذوركتبت يوم الأحد: 13 / رجب / 1433هـرواية كتبها " إليكس هيلي" عن معاناة الأفارقة المنزوعين من تربتهم وأرضهم إلى أمريكا الشمالية للعبودية، ومعاملتهم معاملة الأشياء، وسلب آدميّتهم. مجسدة في رمز البطل " كونتا كنتي" وما تعرض له مما يشيب له الرأس من العذاب وال [...]

    28. I respect Haley's purpose in writing Roots: to offer his family's history as an example and surrogate for many black Americans whose African lineages have been forgotten because of "the fact that preponderantly the histories have been written by the winners." However, I had a great problem with how Roots was researched and written. Firstly, I'm perturbed by the controversy of plagiarism and inauthenticity surrounding Roots. I don't think you need to market something as "fact" for it to be import [...]

    29. "Roots" is the supposed genealogical recounting of Alex Haley's African roots to his great-great-great grandfather, Kunta Kinte, a Mandinka tribesman who was captured and sold into slavery. The story follows Kunta through his upbringing in Gambia, capture, voyage across the sea, sale, attempted escapes, mutilation at the hands of slave capturers, marriage to slave housekeeper and the birth of his daughter Kizzy. The story then follows Kizzy's sale to another owner and the birth of her son, Georg [...]

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