"What's your name boy?" "KUN-TA KIN-TA." SWI-PACK SWI-PACK...This was the sound echoing from the whip which was tearing threw kunta kintas flesh as he continued to refuse to relinquish his rightful tribal name in exchange for his new slave masters name. "What is your name boy?" "KU-N-TA KI-N-TA" SWI-PACK SWI-PACK "What-is-your-name-boy?" Finally broken and for the moment defeated,Kunta Kinta relented. "TOBY" This was the word that would start kunta kinta on his journey from man to human property,and that back and forth of opposing wills would be etched in my mind indefinitly,as will it be in the minds of those brave enough to go on this journey. Alex Haley's Roots is an ancestrial search-de'force-A compelling telling of a journey of one man's search for his heritage-his family tree- starting from the roots. This gut wrenching tale explores the Prejudice,Hate,Betrayel,Sickness and Greed that was the slave trade,but will also show the Love, Hope, Faith, and Pride displayed by a people,in the face of unsurmontable odds. The footsteps traced in this journey begin with young kunta kinta-one of hayley's earliest traceable realitives,and begins in kuntas homeland.The Ivory Coast.Africa. Alex Haley brings you,threw the pain and anguished eyes of kunta kinta,from the shores of africa ,threw the dark passage and on to the americas,goes on to tell of the brutalities suffered by Kunta and his fellow SLAVESMEN AND WOMEN.
Kunta Kinta,while trying to hold on to the last vestiges of his sanity and pride attempts to escape,he is re-captured and the penalty is severe,he is relieved of his FOOT. Kunta is finally taken under the tutaledge of another older black house slave named Fiddler,and it is only then Kunta begins to understand the mechanics of this strange new-not so friendly-world. Haley then works his way on up his family tree introducing us to stories of dread and dispair,but also more importantly introducing us to a cast of characters from his ancestrial tree-from the zany chicken george to the stern and proud miss kitty. This must read is a character study of Realationships,AS WELL AS HUMAN SUFFERING,but it is also A study of gradual change,contrary to the sickend ideaoligies-it is a story of healing,and the importance of solid family structure, no matter which end of the proverbial pecking order your on.A must read book Alex Haleys virtuoso reaserch and storytelling performances are to be applaueded and studied for centries to come. Abstract by:Greg Thomas email@example.com webpage:WWW.SHAREDSESSIONS.BLOGSPOT.COM WWW.MYSPACE.COM/FAMFEAST