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The Known World
The Known World
Author: Edward P. Jones
Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor -- William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation -- as well as of his own slaves. When he dies, his widow,...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060557546
ISBN-10: 0060557540
Publication Date: 9/1/2003
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 136 ratings
Publisher: Amistad
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 15
Just because a book has won a pulitzer prize and everyone around you says its a great book does not make it a good read. I found the prose hard to digest and the story drawn out and frankly boring. The characters seemeed one dimensional and there far too many tangents.
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Helpful Score: 13
Pulitzer Prize winner for 2004, this book is a rich portrayal of slavery and free blacks during the mid-1800s in the US. No Civil War militaria, this book is a profound and deep look of the lives of slaves and their masters--some of whom are black. Left me thinking of the characters long after finishing the book.
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Helpful Score: 10
I got lost in the book. I became fully involved with the characters and the wonder of the human spirit in all of us. One of the best books I have ever read.
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Helpful Score: 8
It's easy to understand why the Pulitzer Prize was given to this wonderful novel. It manages to be epic while neatly confined to small town Virginia.
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Helpful Score: 7
Jones brings you deep into the world of the confused South through his beautiful, dramatic, illustrations of life as it was for slaves - both in bondage and freed - and their owners - both white and black. This is a fabulous book that was hard to put down.
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I loved this. I thought I knew about slavery in the south but I really had no idea. Please read for the sake of everyone.
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This is a rather profound book protraying the relationship between the powerful and the weak through the medium of slavery as practiced by former slaves who became slave owners. The emotional life of the illiterate and uninformed is vivid and moving. I enjoyed this book very much.
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AT first it was difficult to remember who everyone was. But after I got into the book it all came together. This book gave a good description of how hard slavery was precivil war. It's one of the books I couldn't put down because I wanted to know what happens next. Life was hard, times were bad yet you learned how to survive. Would recommend this book because everyone should know how the slaves were treated and lived in our country.

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