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Roots

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  99,367 ratings  ·  2,016 reviews
Tracing his ancestry through six generations - slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects - back to Africa, Alex Haley discovered a sixteen-year-old youth, Kunta Kinte. It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and in torment and anguish brought to the slave markets of the New World, who held the key to Haley's deep and distant pa ...more
Paperback, 688 pages
Published January 21st 1994 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1976)
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Nandakishore Varma
I read this book long, long ago: came across it while going through a book list here on Goodreads, and suddenly felt the urge to post a review.

Dear Kunta Kinte,

We are separated by time, space and culture. Throughout your largely tragic life, you would never have imagined that your story would ever be written, let alone read by a bookish teenager in far-away India, for whom slavery till that day was only a fact learned from school textbooks, mucked up to pass hated history exams. However, Mr. Kin
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Ebookwormy
This book was astonishing to me - particularly the narrative of Kunta Kinte's life. This is why I read! What an amazing description of African culture and the rights of manhood. Then, the horrible violation of the character by slavery and the cross-cultural experience of an African joining slaves who were predominately born in the United States. Sounds silly, but though I've read many books on slavery, none have dealt with the differences among slaves themselves and how growing up as a slave sha ...more
Ashley
I honestly can't believe how much I enjoyed this book. It's been sitting on my shelf for about half a year now and I've been wanting to read it as soon as I got it. I always just started another book though and always said "next time."

I finally picked it up 6 days ago and finished it about 10 minutes ago.

The beginning was wonderful. I was so enthralled with Africa and Kunta Kinte and his family and the whole works. The way they lived, the culture, the traditions, it was like reading of another
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Tea Jovanović
Knjiga, a potom i serija, koje smo mnogo voleli... Kako bi bilo lepo kad bi se neko setio evergrin naslova i ponovo objavio ovu knjigu... Pre nekoliko godina sam nabavila originalni box set serije pa mogu da uživam u njoj kad god poželim... Makar nešto... :)
Tayebe Ej
May 16, 2015 Tayebe Ej rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: همه
Shelves: novels
درباره ی بردگی کتاب و فیلم کم نخوندم و کم ندیدم اما چیزی که کتاب ریشه ها رو خاص میکنه، توصیف وضعیت «برده بودن» نیست، وصف مسیر دردناک و تلخ «برده شدن»ه.. 400 صفحه اول کتاب، از زندگی کونتا کینته ی مسلمان آفریقایی در دهکده اش، تا برده شدنش و آورده شدنش به امریکا، بهترین، جذابترین و تأثیرگذارترین بخش ریشه هاس..
الکس هیلی بعد از دوازده سال تحقیق، سفر به آفریقا و پیدا کردن دهکده ای که اجدادش در اون زندگی میکردن، کتابی رو مینویسه که زندگی هفت نسل از خانواده اش رو روایت میکنه، به این امید «که این سرگذشت،
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Lona
تعجب كونتا كنتي من بعض أفراد قبيلته الذين كانوا عبيداً عندهم مقابل الأكل والشرب أو مقابل حياتهم لكونهم كانوا في الأصل إما أعداء أو سجناء .. واستغرب قبولهم و ارتضاءهم لهذا الوضع، فاستفسر من والده الذي رد عليه بقوله:-

لقد أصبحوا عبيداً عندما لم يكونوا شجعاناً لدرجة يفضلون الموت عن الأسر



هكذا تربى "كونتا كنتي"، أن العبد شخص يدعوا للاحتقار، كيف لا وهو سليل عائلته الذائعة الصيت بتاريخها وثقافتها .. .. ولكن بين ليلة وضحاها يصبح عبداً أيضاًعندما قُبض عليه من قِبل تجار العبيد وعبر البحر من "جامبيا" إلى
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Jennifer
Apr 07, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is probably the book that started my historical fiction fixation. I read this in my early teenage years along with the Clan of the Cavebear books, Gone With The Wind and the North and South series.

I love how it brings history to life. The characters are real and you can sympathize with their situations -- particularly Kunta Kinte's. It made the horrible practice of slavery real and how it dehumanizing it was. I think that reading it at a young age made me into a more compassionate person.
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Feb 23, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Ultimate Reading List - History
The teenage self who first read this book would have given it five stars without hesitation. The conception is brilliant. I don't think there's a better way to really absorb history, and really inspire people to dig deeper, than what this purported to do. To really have you come face to face with history by telling the story of one family, especially in fictional narrative form, where people of the past can be brought vividly to mind as people who bled and sweated and struggled. And Alex Haley h ...more
Suvi
I appreciate the author's research of his own roots and the overall message this book has. The problem I had with it was that the writing style was uninteresting. It wasn't bad but it made the characters too two-dimensional for me to enjoy the story overall. They were all empty and I couldn't cheer for them or feel for them. But I understand why the book is important to some and why it has the position it has, I just didn't notice the literary value it supposedly has. Plus the plagiarism accusat ...more
محمد على عطية
أعتقد أن عدداً لا بأس به من جيلى - مواليد أوائل الثمانينيات - قد شاهد المسلسل الأجنبى الشهير المأخوذ عن هذه الرواية.و من شاهد المسلسل تعرف من خلاله على فترة من أكثر فترات التاريخ الأمريكى إنحطاطاً...هى الفترة التى اتسمت بتجارة الرقيق المختطف من أفريقيا.
بدأت قراءة الرواية ولدى شوقلإستعادة ذكرى هذا المسلسل الذى شاهدته فى طفولتى, و لكنى أُخذت بأسلوب أليكس هيلى المشوق و الجميل فى وصفه....و طوال القراءة كنت أتخيل كم المجهود الذى بذله الكاتب ليصل إلى قصص 6 أجيال سابقة من أسلافه منذ الجد الأفريقى المسل
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Kristine
I think I read this book about when I was 9. It was summer and it was on my parents shelf so I picked it up to read. I LOVED IT! Even at such a young age. I remember it took me a while to finish but it was compelling, so I kept reading (it's 900 pgs). I think reading the vivid imagery of the slave trade and their treatment was one thing that helped me develop a lot of compassion -- I CARE so much (ok probably too much) about those who've been wronged. And WOW did it open my eyes!! After reading ...more
Sawsan Alotaibi
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الجذور
كتبت يوم الأحد: 13 / رجب / 1433هـ


رواية كتبها " إليكس هيلي" عن معاناة الأفارقة المنزوعين من تربتهم وأرضهم إلى أمريكا الشمالية للعبودية، ومعاملتهم معاملة الأشياء، وسلب آدميّتهم. مجسدة في رمز البطل " كونتا كنتي" وما تعرض له مما يشيب له الرأس من العذاب والمهانة. ما أنتج حجماً من الألم وكماً من التعاطف الذي غمر النفس عند نهاية الرواية، بعد تحقق حلم العودة خلال 200 عام من العبودية والنفي! في شخص المؤلف الباحثِ عن جذوره الأفريقية. حتى تقف النفس باكية لا بمقدار تلك الوحشية في
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Aaron Wolfson
There are very few books written about a past place and time that cast such a rapturous spell, and resound with truth and beauty -- it is rare to become so engrossed in a story that maybe, just maybe, you feel like you could have been there. Roots is one of those books.

I knew the basics: Alex Haley has traced his roots all the way back to Africa, and here he tells the story. I thought I had some idea of what slavery may have been like. And I did know a little. But nothing could have prepared me
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Linda I
"Roots" is the supposed genealogical recounting of Alex Haley's African roots to his great-great-great grandfather, Kunta Kinte, a Mandinka tribesman who was captured and sold into slavery. The story follows Kunta through his upbringing in Gambia, capture, voyage across the sea, sale, attempted escapes, mutilation at the hands of slave capturers, marriage to slave housekeeper and the birth of his daughter Kizzy. The story then follows Kizzy's sale to another owner and the birth of her son, Georg ...more
Erika Nelson
This book is very difficult for me to review. The beginning is horrible and mind-numbingly boring. Some baby is born in Africa, and without providing a reason for us to care, Haley provides every last little detail of some baby's life. I had to skip about a hundred pages of this part, in hopes of something actually happening once the boring baby gets captured. After he does, the book moves from unreadably dull to tolerable only in very small pieces read with a determination to get through this b ...more
Becky
I'm so glad that I read this. I'm not sure how much of the story is true, but I'd like to believe it all is.

I love history when it tells a story. Endless facts and figures and dates are boring and tedious, which is exactly what "Roots" isn't. Almost from the first page, I felt that the people being described were REAL people, not characters someone has created out of nothing. The story of Kunta Kinte and his descendants really touched me in their determination to keep not only Kunta's memory al
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Sandi
I somehow missed reading Roots when it was new and fresh. I also never watched the iconic miniseries based on the book. I do remember that both book and miniseries created quite a buzz in the Seventies. I've recently been reading a bit of African-American fiction and a smaller bit of non-fiction about slavery and race issues. It seemed to me that I would eventually need to read Roots simply because of its impact. When I saw it on sale at Audible for $4.95, I snatched it up. As a bonus, the narra ...more
Katie Abbott Harris

I put off reading this epic for quite awhile due to the size, but I am extremely glad that I finally checked it off my list. It is a highly researched, multigenerational story that spans 200 years of one family, the key ancestor being a Mandinka man named Kunta Kinte who was renamed Toby by his slave owners. Kunta's story is told, beginning with his birth in an African village, including his kidnapping and horrific journey to America, chained within the disgusting hold of a slave ship. His story
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Mel
Alas, time has not been good to Roots and Alex Haley. Much of his work has been proven to be either plagiarised or wildly inaccurate. It is highly unfortunate because the novel and the TV series were magnificent when they first appeared in the mid-seventies.
Sadehdel
این کتاب رو بهتره همراه با کتاب "خوشه های خشم" اثر جان اشتاین بک و کتاب "توسعه و مبانی تمدن غرب" اثر شهید سید مرتضی آوینی مطالعه کنید تا یه دید کلی مقدماتی نسبت به شاکله غرب پیدا کنید.
Salma
قرأتها منذ أمد بعيد و ما زالت عالقة في ذهني
Unforgettable book!
Avid
My aunt had been asking me to read this book since ages. Considering that our literary tastes are not very similar, I was apprehensive about reading it. But when she asked me for the nth time if I got a chance to read that book, I figured I better read it and be done with it before she points a gun at me and screams, ‘Read it now’.

Roots is about an African man, Kunta Kinte, who is forcefully brought to America to work as a slave. The book is about his early life in Juffure (now in Gambia), his e
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Vibina Venugopal
Kunta Kinte born in a small African village, Juffure., From childhood the slow transformation into adulthood revolves with African traditional training reflecting all the cultural heritage where he is given a house of his own , a piece of farm that lays a strong foundation for his independence as an adult yet to be..All this gives a glimpse of African life..His life turns upside down when he is captured and sold to a plantation owner ripping him off his homeland ..His constant trial to escape fo ...more
Safey
من جزأين : حوالي 600 صفحة (306 -416)

رواية أكثر من رائعة ... تتحدث عن الجذور لعائلة أمريكية سوداء ... و التي ظل أفرادها يتناقلون أصولهم شفويا"
القسم الأول من الرواية يتحدث عن "كونتا كنتي " الافريقي من قرية "جوفور" و عن عادات هذه القبيلة ...
من ثم يخطف من قبل "الطوبوب" أي البيض ويحمل مع العديد من السود مثله على ظهر سفينة حوالي 90 يوما" و يتم معاملته بوحشية كالحيوانات و بيعه و جعله عبدا" و هو في سن السابعة عشرة و يحاول الهرب أربع مرات لتقطع رجله في أخر محاولة و يستسلم بعدها للأمر الواقع و يبقى عبدا
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Heidi Hart Williams
I have always wanted to read Roots, but I've been putting it off because it was such a large read. I finally finished it, and I must admit, I was overwhelmed by the immense effect it had on me. Rarely does a book bring me to tears, but when I finally got to the end and Alex Haley, (great, great, great, great grandson of an African Slave) finally returned to Africa to meet his tribe I was overcome with emotion. Because of Alex Haley's incredible ability to tell his family's story from generation ...more
Ahmed

رواية مؤلمة جدا

كيف يجتث الإنسان من جذوره !!

كيف تسلب حرية الإنسان لمجرد إختلاف لونه !!

كيف يُغيّر دين الإنسان لمجرد أنه لا يملك من أمر نفسه شيئا !!

كيف يقتطع جزء من جسمه لإذلاله و التحكم فيه !!

كيف يباع أبناءه لمجرد مخالفتهم للأوامر !!

رواية تفضح الوجه الحقيقي و العنصري للأمريكان الملاعين
ما أثار إندهاشي كيف أن المجتمع الإسلامي في جوفور برغم إيمانه الشديد بالله و تطبيقه للشريعة
مازال يؤمن بالخرافات و السحر !!
Steve
I am rather conflicted by this book. Now that I've finished and I've seen why the story is constructed as it is, it makes more sense, but I suspect I would have warmed more to the book if it started with the explanation, rather than leaving it in a section after the story itself had finished. The first half of the book dragged, and I found the repeated use of African words grating, especially when everything else was in English. The second half of book didn't drag, but the continuous use of Sout ...more
Nikinnia Smith garcia
Roots is the story of Kunta Kente and his descendants. It is a very vivid and detail story about how Kunta Kente was taking from his country in Africa and sold into salvery and sent to America. Once there Kunta was sold to a horrible man and his brother. They whipped him for not wanting to give up his birth name as well as chopped part of his foot off. He eventually was sold to a better "master".
Kunta soon learned to adapt to his new life, married another slaved named Bell. They had a daughter t
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Duane
Magnificent. An epic chronicle of a family through many generations of cruelty, hardship and suffering. But it's much more than that really; it's the history of slavery in America. What happened to the characters in this book happened to millions of others and it's a story that needed to be told and Alex Haley did a masterful job of telling it. Roots should be required reading in high schools because all of us, regardless of age, race, or gender should understand this history. You can't tell the ...more
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كيف لها ألا تسكب ( بنها ) دموعاً ، قهوتي في حضرة ( الجذور ) ترسم صورة ذاك الصبي ( كونتا كونتي ) الفتى المسلم الذي أُنتزع من أحضان أدغال أفريقيا ليلقى به في جحيم العبودية رواية مأساوية لأحداث حقيقية تفاعلت معها بكل مشاعري بعد أن تنتصف الرواية ستصعقك مفاجأة إقشعر لها جسدي حين قال ( وطرقا الباب يحملان طفلا ) وإستطرد الكاتب ( هذا الطفل كان أنا ) !! لم أشاء أن أفسدها عليكم فقط أردت تجسيد إحساسي :)
فقد بدأت علاقتي بهذه الرواية مذ صغري إذ حكت لي أمي عن مسلسل عرض في السبعينيات على التلفزيون السعودي ( بال
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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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“The first time he had taken the massa to one of these "high-falutin' to-dos," as Bell called them, Kunta had been all but overwhelmed by conflicting emotions: awe, indignation, envy, contempt, fascination, revulsion—but most of all a deep loneliness and melancholy from which it took him almost a week to recover. He couldn't believe that such incredible wealth actually existed, that people really lived that way. It took him a long time, and a great many more parties, to realize that they didn't live that way, that it was all strangely unreal, a kind of beautiful dream the white folks were having, a lie they were telling themselves: that goodness can come from badness, that it's possible to be civilized with one another without treating as human beings those whose blood, sweat, and mother's milk made possible the life of privilege they led.” 15 likes
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