Monday, April 15, 2013

Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Roots-Thirtieth Anniversary Edition: The Saga of an American FamilyRoots-Thirtieth Anniversary Edition: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don't think I need to write too much about this story, because many others have pointed out its flaws and lavished it with praises.

I'll say that I found it very information and that it was eye-opening, yet the events are something that I can't quite fathom. I just can't wrap my mind around how someone can take a free human and enslave them. Unfortunately, the love of money and power has caused many terrible things. As far as the writing of the book, I found it easy to read and understand.  However, the conversations between the slaves were a bit taxing to figure out at times. The pacing of the story for the first ninety percent felt comfortable, then something seemed to break loose and the story picked up so quickly that it seemed to just fast forward and end.

I would give this one three and a half stars if I could, mostly because of the pacing near the end. Otherwise it would have been a four.

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