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The Known World by Edward P. Jones
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May 08, 12

Read from April 23 to May 08, 2012

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel took a little while to draw me in completely, but once I was inside its world and past the complicated first few chapters, I zipped through the rest in just a few days. The writing seems at first hard to follow but in the end Jones has crafted something beautiful and worth your persistence. The Known World tells the story of freed black slaves in the antebellum south who go on to own slaves themselves. Intertwining several connected stories, this book is epic, very morally complex, oftentimes sad and ultimately thought-provoking. It reminded me very much of Cold Mountain, both in style and subject matter (if you've never read the book, don't be turned off by the movie -- what a disappointment in comparison). I could certainly see the influences of writers like Toni Morrison, William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Not easy or light reading, but extremely good and very worthwhile.
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