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Subject: Roots Read-Along - Part 2 Discussion
Date Posted: 8/29/2007 1:20 PM ET
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Part 2 contains chapters 34 through 68 (approximately 200 pages).

Please post thoughts that are limited to Part 1 in the Part 1 thread. Feel free to continue discussion on Part 1 here in conjunction with Part 2.

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 1:45 PM ET
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How long will we have to read part two?

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 4:33 PM ET
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I'm planning to start the thread for Part 3 next Wednesday (September 5th).

Date Posted: 8/29/2007 5:19 PM ET
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Thanks Jane that should not be a prolbem since I was able to read part one in one night.I have off until tuesday.I hope to be finished with part two by then.

Date Posted: 8/31/2007 1:49 PM ET
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Part 2 was painful to read - particularly the voyage on board the slave ship.  It's hard to imagine treating people like that, even if the toubob did consider them inferior or even on par with animals.  How could they have so little respect for life? 

I was so proud of the men when they learned to communicate with each other on the slave ship even though they spoke different languages and couldn't move or see each other!  Amazing what humans can do when we are in circumstances that limit us.  We find new ways to succeed and survive. 

Kunta's many attempts at escape were so frustrating.  I don't imagine that I would have the fortitude to keep trying against those odds.  I hated how he eventually gave up trying to escape.  It's a catch 22 because you want to see him find some peace, even within the bounds of slavery, but it hurts to think that the toubob finally forced him to surrender any hope of freedom.

Interesting how the some of the people didn't accept or even realize that they were descended from Africans!   

 

Date Posted: 8/31/2007 4:33 PM ET
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I know I am having a harder time reading Part Two.I have not read as much as I thought I would have by now.I have to do some things then I am going to sit down and read .I post my thoughts after I read somemore of part two.



Last Edited on: 8/31/07 4:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/1/2007 3:40 PM ET
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I found myself rooting for Kunta's escape as well.  I also kept hoping for them to be able to overthrow the tuobob on the ship!  I knew, of course, that it wasn't going to happen that way, but I still wanted it to!   I love how the men were able to communicate eventually, and how the women would "sing" information to the men.  It seems kind of a foreshadowing of the spirituals that the slaves would later sing in the fields--I remember learning in history that many of them were actually "coded" ways of communicating with each other.

Date Posted: 9/2/2007 1:02 PM ET
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Im behind. Ive been really sick and havent felt like reading much but I'll catch up and come in and post my thoughts soon.

Date Posted: 9/4/2007 10:43 AM ET
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OK, the Part 3 thread will be posted this Sunday (the 9th). I need an extension so I can get caught up!

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 9:35 PM ET
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I found this part harder to read.The horror for Kunta when he was kiddnapped and put on the ship.The months of being on the ship the horrible conditions.The treatment of the slaves whipping etc. Kunta attempts to escape and when he had part of his foot cut off.

After years of being a slave finally knowing that he woud never see his homeland again. I loved when he married Bell and when Kizzy was born.How he chose Kizzy name.

 

 

 

 

 



Last Edited on: 9/8/07 9:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/1/2007 10:37 PM ET
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Bumping for the Part 2 discussion - Now open from 10/2 to 10/18.