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The Known World by Edward P. Jones
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Jan 01, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: schoolbooks
Read in February, 2009

Well, this one was OK. I appreciated the lack of typical slave narrative. There were a few violent scenes, but nothing like the shock value of Frederick Douglas' whipping or Sethe's milking, and that was a refreshing change. For the most part, the most powerful and conflict-driven parts of the book were ones in which free black people were struggling with the ethics of owning slaves themselves. My favorite scene was the one where Henry tells his father - a former slave - that he has just purchased a slave to help him build his house. Overall, it's a well written and contemplative look at the moral degradation caused by slavery in the US. Good, but not fantastic.

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