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Subject: Roots Read-Along - Part 3 Discussion
Date Posted: 9/9/2007 11:21 PM ET
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This section covers Part 3: Chapters 68 through 83 (approx 200 pages)! Please post thoughts about the book up to and including Part 3 here!

EDITED: I can't continue with this read-along, but I'll be sure to PM and post the thread topics here and keep things on schedule.



Last Edited on: 10/23/07 2:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/10/2007 11:36 AM ET
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It was easy to see the conflict that Kunta and Bell felt about Kizzy becoming "friends" with Missy Anne.  It made for a happier childhood for her (than if she had been working in the fields) but a true friendship between a slave and a slaveowner is impossible.  The relationship between the 2 girls pulled Kizzy away from her family, and confused her about the dynamics of the slave/slaveowner relationship. 

The fact that Massa Waller sold her just goes to show that slaveowners might have favored certain slaves, but if they did anything  subversive, they were sold (or dealt with) immediately, no matter how favored.

I loved the parts where Kunta would ride home with Kizzy in the wagon and teach her about Africa.  It reminds me of times that my dad and I were alone, and he would tell me everything he knew about classic rock.  Now it's my favorite kind of music, and whenever I hear a song, I can remember where Dad and I were when we listened to it and talked about the band.  Not really the same thing, but he was teaching me about something that was important to him that happened before I was born.  Now I feel like I was there during that time, since I know so much about it. 

 

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 10:48 AM ET
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I am really enjoying this book.I am almost finish with part 3.I will post my thoughts when I am finished. I wish there were more people here to discuss this book. I almost missed my stop on the subway here in New York yesterday because I was so into the book.
Date Posted: 9/16/2007 6:46 PM ET
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Bethany: I agree with you about Kunta and Bell feelings about Kizzy becoming friends with Missy Anne.It did make for a happier childhood for her.And you are right a true friendship between slave and a slaveowner is impossible.And as we saw Miss Anne teaching Kizzy to read and write led to trouble.

I also love the times when Klunta and Kizzy would ride home and teach her about Africa.

I think that Massa Waller was a fair person.He took care of his slaves.I beleive he had no choice and had to sell Kizzy after she broke one of his rules.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 10/23/2007 2:10 PM ET
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Bumping for the start of Part 3 on 10/23.