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Roots
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Good story but ...

5 years, 1 month ago at Aug 3 12:36
After reading a good story, I sometimes investigate it. I was disappointed to learn:
1. The genealogy to the original man (Kunte) was wishful thinking at best since Kunte died a couple of years before Kizzy (Haley's ancestor) was born.
2. The story on the African side (about a quarter of the book) took material very heavily from a previous book and Haley had to pay a large settlemen... read more
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Manufacturer: Vintage
Release date: 21 January 1994
ISBN-10 : 0099362813 | ISBN-13: 9780099362814
Historical (1), Novels (1), North America (1), Africa (1), 1970-1999 (1), America (1), Fiction (1)
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"Working Title: Before This Anger Setting: Mid-18th century Gambia to mid-20th century U.S."


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What Classic Literature Was Almost Called (20 books items)

"Alex Haley's epic historical novel was written as Before This Anger, but published as the more diplomatic (if perhaps somewhat grandiose) Roots: The Saga of an American Family."


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Hourglass Women posted a review 5 years, 1 month ago

Good story but ...

“After reading a good story, I sometimes investigate it. I was disappointed to learn:

1. The genealogy to the original man (Kunte) was wishful thinking at best since Kunte died a couple of years before Kizzy (Haley's ancestor) was born.

2. The story on the African side (about a quarter of the book) took material very heavily from a previous book and Haley had to pay a large settlement to this author.

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