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The Known World - Edward P. Jones
The Known World
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A 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner. Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor -- William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of... show more
A 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner. Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor -- William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation -- as well as of his own slaves. When he dies, his widow, Caldonia, succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart at their plantation: slaves take to escaping under the cover of night, and families who had once found love beneath the weight of slavery begin to betray one another. Beyond the Townsend estate, the known world also unravels: low-paid white patrollers stand watch as slave "speculators" sell free black people into slavery, and rumors of slave rebellions set white families against slaves who have served them for years.An ambitious, luminously written novel that ranges seamlessly between the past and future and back again to the present, The Known World weaves together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, whites, and Indians -- and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780060557546 (0060557540)
ASIN: 60557540
Publisher: Amistad
Pages no: 388
Edition language: English
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Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
2.0 The Known World
So if you ever want to read about a fictional town in Virginia taking place after the Civil War with more characters you can shake a fist at, this is your book. If you want a streamlined story with characters that are not flat, and a plot that is not all over the place, this is not the book for you....
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
2.0 The Known World
This is one of those books that despite recognizing some skillful and impressive writing, goes under the category of not-for-me. The writer cites Faulkner as one of his influences and something in Jones' style does remind me of that author, admittedly not a favorite. The Known World is set in pre-Ci...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0 The Known World
readable story but didn't quite grab my attention and I didn't really care or get involved in the characters. It did read like how my father tells stories all the same, wandering around and eventually getting to the point.
Valz
Valz rated it
3.0 The Known World
A great disappointment. Dull. How could a story like this be dull? Must be the writing. It won the Pulitzer -- who chooses these awards anyway? p.s. Today (4/20/12) I just found out. Read the link below -- it's so perfect. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/04/pulitzer-the-leaked-fic...
Bills Books
Bills Books rated it
2.0 The Known World
This novel is about the rare slave owners of pre civil war America who were themselves black. While the concept of the book is highly unique, overall I wasn't thrilled with the style. However, the concept alone kept me at it and I enjoyed the tale. If nothing else it made me want to research this sm...
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