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Alex Haley's Queen: The Story of an American Family, by Haley, Alex and David Stevens
670 pages
Published (first published 1992)
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Haley's books are so real and heartwrenching! They make you proud of what we have become, but ashamed of what's in our past, at the same time. While not as large in scope as Roots, this book certainly shows us a slaves existance, complicated by a white father. There were times I wanted to smack Queen! She could be such a sassy brat. Her mother, Easter, however, could have applied for sainthood in my book!
I was torn if I should post this book and then as to what to rate it. There are some rape/sex scenes not extremely graphic but there none the less. At the same time its a definite part of the US history that should not be overlooked. This is another book I acquired helping my Grandma with her bookshelves, she had 2 copies. I knew it was written by the author of Roots but it wasn't until the end of the book that I realized it was about his paternal grandmother. Alex Haley had past away in the pro...more
Unlike Roots, which I very much liked and would never forget, Queen doesn't begin in Africa. It doesn't give any account of those horrifying slave ships that plied their human cargoes; nor does it tell of those gruesome months slaves spent in the bowels of these ships as they traveled from Africa. In fact, Queen begins someplace else entirely - in Ireland, during one of its rebellions against England. The first half of the novel focuses on the Jackson family and the subsequent flight of one its...more
A Beautiful, heart wrenching,enraging and enthralling novel of a biracial young woman branded, defined, subjugated by slavery and prejudice in southern America, Despite the fact that I found myself in tears during various sections of this book,I just couldn't put it down. Haley's Queen made a profound impact on me, and I consider it one of my all time favorites.
Great follow-up after "Roots". based onthe same time frame.
I had no idea what this book was even about. Someone left in the lobby and after passing it for weeks, I decided I should give it a shot. Damn I sure am glad I did. It was very slow moving at first, a lot of time was spent in Ireland, which I figured the entire story would be about the dispute between the England and Ireland, and focusing on the Queen (don’t blame me, the dust cover was ripped off and there was no description short of the first few chapters). In reality you follow an Irish child...more
Researching one's family history and relaying the stories that one finds can be a complex task, one that is both daunting and rewarding. Alex Haley once again tackles this subject, this time shifting his focus to the paternal side of his family (a feat that has been very difficult for many African-Americans). "Queen" traces Haley's ancestors from Europe to Africa to the United States, highlighting the way that lineage and histories were altered by the slave system. Although she technically make...more
Rhina M. Finley
I remember first seeing this movie when I was eight years old. When I was teenager I read the book, and loved the story. A biracial beauty that struggles all her life to be loved by both races, and to learn that she was rejected by both because of her skin color. The book was deep, capturing race relations, a love affair, a time so far back. Alex Haley a classic author and never, never forgotten.
Kelsey Jordan
Loved this book when I was in high school. Finally ran across a copy in a local used bookstore and had to have it.
Jolene Rodgers
This book will have you going through every emotion.
Feb 09, 2010 Christina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This historical book truly captivated my attention. The book is a rather long read (close to 800 pgs), but it was a page turner in many parts of the book. It was quite interesting to read how Alex Haley traced his family heritage back in a narrative manner, in which the historical details were not overwhelming or daunting to get through. This book made me question and wonder about my heritage, and how my family got started.

The book did take about 300+ pages to get to Queen, but in a way, readin...more
I enjoyed this book as much as Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Roots tells the story of Alex Haley's ancestors through his maternal grandmother, Cynthia, while Queen is the story of Alex Haley's ancestors through his paternal grandmother, Queen. Alex Haley has white ancestors from both lines; Queen begins with his white ancestors in Ireland while Roots begins with his black ancestors in Africa. Queen tells the story of how Haley's white ancestors became slave holders in the South and pain...more
“Queen” is Alex Haley’s second book after the very famous “Roots” in which he had traced his ancestry back to Africa. In “Queen”, he has written the story of his grandmother who was an illegitimate and un-acknowledged daughter of James Jass Jackson III and his slave Easter. This story is not as engaging as “Roots” was, but it really brings out the culture of that time when slavery was prevalent in America and many children were born out of relationships between bla...more
Charisma Bell
I remember watching the miniseries when I was really little and thinking how long it was....little did I know how long it could have been. This book was almost 800 pages and those pages were not all easy to get through. At times I felt like I was reading a textbook. The worst part was that the main character was not even born until 300 pages into the book. This book was written by two different authors and you can definitely tell. The whole book just didn't blend. Very few African American writ...more
Anna Engel
Queen is very similar to Roots in structure and content. It's generally a good read. Although you're aware of Haley's purpose (from reading Roots), you're able to forget and lose yourself in the story more often than not. You actually like the characters, who, I assume, are at least loosely based on actual people and/or family legend. You feel sorry for Queen, especially at the end.

Queen flows better than Roots, although Roots was by far the more compelling of the two. What I hadn't realized was...more
Asia Harrison
The continuation of Alex Haley's ROOTS. This is the following of his father side staring off to Queen's grandfather, an Irishman in Ireland, and leading up to the accounts of her life. Queen is a mulatto; her mother, Easter, is a black slave who does the weaving on the plantation, and her father, Jass, is the white massa of the plantation. Queen would have had a kinder life if maybe she was darker skinned. As it happens, she is born with light skin. I recommend this book if you seen ROOTS, and n...more
Joy Williamson
This is a big book, but if you liked Roots you will find this a good followup. It's very graphic in spots but this is true history as shameful as it is. A good resource for some of the lesser known facts about politics during the Civil War era. Fictional liberties taken but much truth as well.
I liked the book more than the movie because of course it was more detailed. However it took at least 300 pages for Queen to be born and once she was at age, it seem like they did a brief account of her life. Also I did not like the way it ended, like they were in a rush. While reading the book it made me want to know about American history and the reason why our country was founded and the various reasons why ethnic groups (races) decided to come to this country. So now I am currently researchi...more
Ardonna Ward
It's a great story of how a biracial child of a slave mother and plantation owner father grew up and navigated the cruel and unjust worlds that she felt she didn't belong in.
I have read this book and seen the movie at least a thousand times. I understand that a lot of people don't think that it measures up to Roots but if I'm not mistaken Alex Haley died before he got to finish it and the other co-author had to finish the book based on notes that Haley left behind. I found this book sucked me in and I couldn't put it down. I related to this character so much that I cried as I read it. I loved that it started with the family story in Ireland. I am a product of a mixe...more
Mar 20, 2008 Meowy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meowy by: My interest in slavery and history of around the world.
"Roots", the story of one man's search for his family's origins, through six generations, was read by millions across the world. Now, almost twenty years later, comes this sequel, completing the moving family saga. "Roots" was the story of Alex Haley's mother's family. In "Queen", he unveils the rich and varied story of his father's family, which begins in 18th century Ireland.

I read this book before I watched the movie. True stories like this always hit me in the heart. I cried in several chap...more
My favorite book of all time...won't even let anyone borrow mine to afraid I won't get it back lol I also own the movie took me years to find!
Dawn Wells
After reading roots I felt lead to read this book. Roots is written better but this story is very engrossing.
Aug 21, 2008 Carrie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Since I am pack-rat, I kept the VCR recording of the Queen mini-series from 1992. It's been so long since I saw it that I had completely forgotten most of the story, including that it was based on the North Alabama plantation, The Forks of Cypress in Florence. The Forks have always facinated me and I remember when the house was hit by lightning and burned on 6-6-1966. All that is left now are the massive pillars....so sad! Now I want to go back and read the book and see if it mentions more about...more
Parte molto bene
diventa via via sempre più rugginoso!
Took me forever to get through this one. I read Roots, so I thought I would give this one a try. Not bad. I find it strange that the title character does not even exist until almost half way into the book. The authors spend a long time telling the story of Queen's white grandfather and father, before even getting to her birth. I can't decide if all that backstory is necessary or not, but ultimately I enjoyed the book. Not as good as Roots, but another interesting piece of Alex Haley's heritage.
This books gives the other isde of Alex Haley's family. The first of his family tree "Roots" tells of the African Slave Trade and his mother's side of the family; this side of his story tells about how his father's side of the family came to be and how they survived the Civil War, how his grandmother who was 1/2 white, 1/4 black and 1/4 Native American had difficulties with her 'ethnicity' and how she prevailed.

Very good read! Excellent, actually and much more enjoyable than "Roots."
Amy Allred
I was so invested in the characters of this novel, I think I mourned a bit when the book ended because they would leave me. I couldn't put this book down. A compelling read. As much as you hate and love some of the characters, you see the different perspectives and flaws of all sides. Heart-breaking at times, but absolutely worth it. The depth of character development was splendid.

I appreciated that this book (as opposed to ROOTS) brought you more fully up to today.
Don't waste your time with this book! I got it because I loved ROOTS and really respect Alex Haley and what he did for family history research. ROOTS will always be one of my favorite books. But this is not even close to being ROOTS. Haley started writing it, then died during the writing process, and another writer took over. Yuck! The style is quite sensational, manipulative, and sexy. Haley would have hated it, I'm sure.
Winter Rose
I Recommend This Book To Anyone Who Is Looking For A Means To Grow Beyond Your Wildess Expectations. You Will Cry With These Stories, Laugh, And Feel Every Possible Emotion, Knowing That You Are Breathing New Life Into Your Life.
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Alexander Murray Palmer Haley was an American writer. He is best known as the author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, and of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the latter of which he wrote in collaboration with Malcolm X.
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