Author Topic: 'Roots' by Alex Haley  (Read 359 times)

'Roots' by Alex Haley
« on: May 03, 2019, 01:27:15 AM »
I was bought this book for my birthday when I was 11 and still think it was a very important work for me to have read at that age: beautiful, powerful writing and a great deal of empathy for the lives of slaves. Of course I also thought the names were historically true - there really was a Kunta Kinte, Kizzy and Chicken George - and I now know they were fictitious, but this doesn't lessen my admiration for the book as a work of the imagination.

I was wondering if any other readers here felt the same.

Re: 'Roots' by Alex Haley
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2019, 01:29:23 AM »
I'm sure it's a great book because he helped write the Malcolm X biog, but I've heard it's a load of bollocks really.

Re: 'Roots' by Alex Haley
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2019, 01:42:14 AM »
It's bollocks as biography and probably as a timeline; but as a depiction of slavery that I'd use to open the mind of a young teenager to the suffering of the victims, it works very well still in my opinion.

Re: 'Roots' by Alex Haley
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2019, 02:10:51 AM »
Now. This book about slavery isn't true. But What it tells us about slavery is true.