I am currently reading Roots by Alex Haley and I so wish I had someone to discuss it with! I'm about 2/3 of the way through it (it's about 900 pages). I know it's a mix of fact and fiction, but it must be an accurate portrayal of what slavery was really like. The whole thing is having such a profound effect on me. I caught a few minutes of the movie on TV a few days ago, and what I saw seemed a little campy by today's standards, and it didn't follow the book. Anyhow, has anyone else read the book? Thoughts?
How's it going, Lisa? Have you been able to finish it up?
Hi Kelly! Yes, I finished it a couple weeks ago. What an awesome, awesome book. Very thought provoking. I wish I had a group to discuss it with. I'm kind of fixated on reading about slavery now. I also read Narative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and am currently reading Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriett Jacobs. I guess I feel a sort of responsibility to know about the reality of that period in history, kwim? It's difficult to wrap my mind around, that it was actually "okay" to own humans and treat them worse than farm animals.
Thanks for asking!
I'll have to give it another go, maybe next summer. I started it while I was teaching, but only got about 100 pages in when I stopped because of lack of time.
That is such a great book. The portrayal of the Middle Passage is haunting.