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In "Roots" erzählte der Pulitzerpreisträger Alex Haley die Geschichte seiner Vorfahren mütterlicherseits. "Queen" hat der im Jahr 1992 verstorbene Autor der Familie seines Vaters gewidmet. In Irland beginnend, schildert er das Leben seiner Ahnen über vier Generationen hinweg. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Mulattin Queen, die Großmutter Haleys. Nach dem amerikanischen Bürgerkrie ...more
Paperback, 831 pages
Published 1996 by Knaur
(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!
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 Amandalynn rated it really liked it · review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2015 Bettie☯ rated it really liked it · review of another edition
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.
Oct 29, 2007 B. rated it really liked it · review of another edition
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
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.
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
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
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.More about Alex Haley...