Roots – Review

“Haley’s monumental achievement helped convince the nation that the black story is the American story. He also made it clear that black humanity is a shining beacon that miraculously endured slavery’s brutal horrors.” – Introduction to Roots from Michael Dyson Where do I start in attempting to convey how this book consumed my mental spaceContinue reading “Roots – Review”

Roots – Final Discussion

Welcome to the final week of our Roots discussion, Ch 101 to the end. The book progresses quickly until we find the author, Alex Haley, telling the story. Check out our conversation below. Shell: Let’s discuss the major events as they happened in this part of the book.  I’d like to start with George approachingContinue reading “Roots – Final Discussion”

Roots Discussion Post – Week 5

This week we’re discussing Ch 81-100, Kizzy is sold away from her parents and life as she’s known it changes completely. Kunta’s worst fear was that his daughter become a field hand. Forever separated from her parents, we follow her life on the plantation of a poor white master, Master Lea, who is nothing likeContinue reading “Roots Discussion Post – Week 5”

February Reads

There are plans for what I would have liked to read this month; then there’s what actually happened, what I actually read. The books I had set a side for buddy reads were excellent. The other books I picked up in between, well let’s just say I wasn’t particularly blown away by some of themContinue reading “February Reads”

Roots Discussion Post – Week 4

In Ch 61-80, Kunta gets married, has a daughter and names her the same way his father named him over 40 years ago. Kunta learns still more about life as a slave and Bell asks him something he hadn’t thought about in years, about running away. We examine relationships and also watch the Fiddler’s heartContinue reading “Roots Discussion Post – Week 4”