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The Known World by Edward P. Jones
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Nov 05, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: book-group, abandoned
Read in November, 2009

There is probably an important and interesting story in here somewhere (for example, if it were actually about the widow of a black slave owner trying to run a plantation after her husband's death, as claimed on the book jacket). However, any plot that might exist was buried so deep beneath the convoluted chronology and extraneous characters and details that I decided I didn't care to keep digging for it, and quit on page 198. The author seemed determined to insert every existing anecdote about slavery into one novel. This might have worked better as a compilation of essays or short stories.
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Pattybf Thank you. I was trying to decide whether or not to force myself to read more. Thanks for putting me out of my misery. Stopped at p99.

Catherine Glad it helped. You were 99 pages smarter than I was!

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