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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,916 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Multigenerational saga of Alex Haley's father's family through his grandmother, Queen, the proud daughter born of a slave and a white slave owner. ...more
Paperback, 792 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Avon Books (Mm) (first published 1992)
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After reading some of Alex Haley’s other work, I could not wait to get my hands on this piece. The book proves to be an epic overview of the slave era in America, told in a multi-generational narrative that will pull the reader in while exploring a country coming of age. Collaborating with David Stevens, Haley develops a strong story that is an essential read for anyone wishing to understand just how intense things got in the South. James ‘Jamie’ Jackson was a youth in an Ireland that offered no ...more
Aug 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Description: Multigenerational saga of Alex Haley's father's family through his grandmother, Queen, the proud daughter born of a slave and a white slave owner.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Miriam Cihodariu
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: usa
Another classic of American literature focusing on the heavy history of African-American people, written by a member of the community (and not by quasi-sympathetic outsiders). I'm generally a sucker for family sagas spanning across multiple generations, so I think I would have loved this book even outside the social implications. ...more
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
While I'm not sure how rooted in truth Queen is, I quite enjoyed this monster of a book. Not as amazing as Roots (but what book is?) Queen was brutal & at times hard for me to read emotionally. I would recommend Queen to those who read Roots or people who just want to read a big sweeping book about family. ...more
Great follow-up after "Roots". based onthe same time frame. ...more
Chris brown
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the books that started my love of reading as an adult, even though I read it when I was in jr high.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A phenomenal book. Although Haley passed before it could be completely written his research and authorship brilliantly shines through. This is the other half so to speak of roots-the story of Haley’s great grandmother, Queen, and her ancestry from a 2nd generation Irish immigrant turned into southern plantation owner and aristocrat and his childhood companion and slave, Easter. The only book I’ve seen that captures the transformation of a penniless white Irishman into a slave holder. complete wi ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finally finished this book. It was a long book. But the story was very intriguing. I felt a lot of emotions reading this book: anger, joy, hope.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely phenomenal. This should be required reading for everyone in America.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
A five-star, heart-wrenching, eye-opening story that conveys powerfully the traumas that formerly enslaved people and their descendants faced before, during, and after the Civil War. The authors do an amazing job presenting multiple points of view (including male, female, Irish, American, black, white, wealthy, destitute, angry, scheming, hopeful, and hopeless).

But the writing style is dated, melodramatic at times, and can be heavy-handed, especially the romanticized, male-centric sex scenes.

Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-bezit
I read this book for the second time. The first book "roots" tells the story about the ancestors of Alex Haley via his mother. .This book "Queen" tells the story of his father's ancestors. It doesn't really matter wich book you read first. The two books give you a complete image about Alex Haley and the results of slavery.
The first time I read Queen I had troubles getting into the story. I just did not feel something for James and Jass coming from Ireland. Even for Queen I did not feel much comp
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.
It is hard to understand the mentality to have/own slaves but we can not ignore this unfortunate part of our history. This is a story that made me feel a lot of emotions --good and bad.
Alex Haley's ROOTS started about his family roots in Africa, this book starts with his white roots in Ireland. My only one complaint is this was one big book and hard to hold when reading!
Winter Sophia Rose
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jolene Rodgers
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book will have you going through every emotion.
Kelsey Jordan
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book when I was in high school. Finally ran across a copy in a local used bookstore and had to have it.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book quite a while ago. Alex Haley is a superb storyteller and you will like this book as much as I did. He also wrote Roots which was a great book too. Enjoy when you read this.
I love long books. I discovered this about myself while reading Queen, which contains pretty much everything I love about long books.

Queen is a novel about Queen Haley, Alex Haley's paternal grandmother. It begins in Ireland in the late 1700s with Alex's ancestor, James Jackson, and follows that lineage all the way down to Alex himself (early 1900s). As a result, the novel is not just about Queen, and yet, her very existence and her life as a whole are representative of so much more than simply
Linda M.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Queen is the story of Alex Haley's paternal grandmother. The book starts out in the late 1700s in Ireland James Jackson is a young man who fights against the British army, loses, & has to leave Ireland. He decides to go to America. He does well & moves to Nashville, TN. There he becomes wealthy, marries, & then moves to Alabama.

His second son, Jass, grows up on the family plantation. There he meets Easter, a black slave, who eventually becomes the mother of his first daughter, Qu
Jared Dixon
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alex Haley has once again demonstrated the resilience and strength of black people in a cruel and hostile world. In this layered and intimate portrayal of the matriarch, Queen, a woman who survived and persevered through slavery, familial rejection, assault, and the daily struggles of existing in a world that sees you as "other," the black family is uplifted and exalted, the power of faith is elevated, and the readers are blessed with feelings of hope and invincibility. I personally loved how Al ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved Alex Haley's Roots so when I saw this book on the shelf I had to pick it up. It is co-written by David Stevens but it adheres to Haley's style and quality perfectly.

The book is the history of slavery in the deep south with much of that institution's pain and terror and inhuman treatment of Negros. It gives context to southern white mentality and the complexity and simplicity of the relationships between white masters and black slaves. The entire institution which became such an integral
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Betty Skonnord
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book but at times I found the writing (or editing?) confusing. A scene would be introduced and then suddenly would switch back in time to reintroduce the scene from another angle. This happened often enough that it became annoying to me. Occasionally there were characters introduced and discussed who no real influence on the main story or characters and I wondered why time was spent on them.
However I learned a lot by reading this book and came to understand better some things Ial
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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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