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The Known World
The Known World
Author: Edward P. Jones
One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, The Known World is a daring and ambitious work by Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones. The Known World tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Makin...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061159176
ISBN-10: 0061159174
Publication Date: 9/1/2006
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 31 ratings
Publisher: Amistad
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, 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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Was highly readable, a kind of an amazing unique story. It's telling was very detailed, very accurate, you knew the characters so well by the end. Dull story at times, predictable in it's slave brutality, basic injustices of the time. Kept waiting for it to get exciting, but it never did... Loose ends stayed loose as they are in real life, no Hollywood happy endings. A masterpiece of fiction. Written like an enjoyable history book, but it was all made up. Edward Jones, brilliant mind.
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A beautiful book with a wonderful rhythm. Riveting, heartbreaking, and wonderful.

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