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The Known World (Today Show Book Club # 17)
The Known World - Today Show Book Club # 17 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 white 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 ... more »widow Caldonia succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart:slaves take to escaping under the cover of night, and families who had once found love beneath the weight of slavery begin to betray one another. Beyond the Townsend estate, the know world also unravels: low-paid white patrollers stand watch as slave "speculators" sell free black people into slavery, and rumor os slave rebellions set white families against slaves who have served them for years. An ambitious, luminously written novel that ranges seamlessly between the past and future and back again to the present, The Known World weaves together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, white, and Indians -- and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery. Read by Kevin Free.« less
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ISBN-13: 9780060569433 ISBN-10: 0060569433 Publication Date: 9/1/2003 Edition:Today Show Book Club Rating:
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.
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: 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.
This book is amazing! Who knew that freed black slaves owned other slaves? It was a can't put it down audio tape . About Black people owning slaves during the time of slavery in America. Situations I never heard of or thought of told in fascinating manner through the lives of the owners, the slaves, the freed slaves, the freed slaves captured & sold back into slavery. The slaves buying themselves out of slavery & going to work to buy each of their children out of slavery. Makes you wonder if it is about racism or socio-econimic motivation then & now.