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Tracing his ancestry through six generations - slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects - back to Africa, Alex Haley discovered a sixteen-year-old youth, Kunta Kinte. It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and in torment and anguish brought to the slave markets of the New World, who held the key to Haley's deep and distant past.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the U.S. National Book Award.

Biographie de l'auteur

Alex Haley taught himself to write during a twenty-year stint in the US Coast Guard. He became its first Chief Journalist, a position he held until he retired in 1959 to become a magazine writer and interviewer. His first book was The Autobiography of Malcolm X, after which he spent twelve years researching and writing Roots, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Alex Haley died in Seattle, Washington in 1992.



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  • Broché: 704 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage; Édition : New Ed (21 janvier 1994)
  • Collection : Roman
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0099362813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099362814
  • Dimensions du produit: 19 x 13 x 3,8 cm
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14 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Follea sur 28 août 2002
Format: Poche
Ce livre peut être impressionnant par son nombre de pages, mais il est tellement passionnant que je ne les ai pas vues filer! Il retrace le chemin de la famille d'un auteur noir-américain, depuis la capture de son ancêtre africain en Afrique et son voyage vers l'esclavagisme jusqu'à nos jours en passant par chaque enfant et petit enfant. Le vocabulaire est très simple à comprendre, et j'ai vibré avec cette famille pendant toute la lecture. c'est aussi un document précieux sur l'histoire des esclaves américains et leur libération. Bravo!
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j'ai lu ce livre imposant avec beaucoup de curiosité. la description de la vie en afrique sur la 1ère partie m'a beaucoup plu et le passage dans l'horreur de la vie d'esclave ensuite est très prenant. le recit est "puissant" dans le ressenti qu'on peu avoir juste en lisant toutes ces lignes. un peu long sur la fin à mon goût mais je le recommande vivement. c'est un témoignage réel d'un descendant de cet homme kidnappé dans son Afrique natale en Gambie. moi je l'avais lu il y a quelques mois en langue française et je l'ai commandé pour un ami gambien qui ne connaissait pas le livre. ce fut un best seller surtout aux Antilles et aux états-unis où les descendants d'esclaves sont implantés. en Gambi grace à ce livre chaque année il y a un festival dans le village natal de Kounta Kinté où de nombreux noirs-américains se rendent en "pélerinage"...et pour cause, lisez!!!mais le voyage littéraire va être douloureux...j'en suis sortie honteuse d'être descendante blanche européenne de cette lignée de colonisateurs ...
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Par Henner sur 26 mai 2013
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Un plaisir de trouver l'édition anglaise d'origine.
Cet ouvrage a toujours la même force.
A lire et relire d'urgence.
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Je possède ce livre traduit en français. Je voulais l'avoir en anglais car je me suis mise à l'anglais et ce livre est aussi touchant en anglais qu'il l'est en français.
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Who we were... and who we are 31 décembre 2003
Par JLind555 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In 688 pages, Alex Haley has captured in his history of one family, the history of an entire race of people whose names and identities were stolen from them. It's hard to say if this book is fiction, history or biography, since it reads so much like all three. Haley found sizeable gaps in his efforts to trace his family roots, and of necessity had to fill in the blanks from his own imagination, but it reads so convincingly that none of the fictionalized parts detract from the overall story. Probably millions of American blacks, I among them, have wondered where we came from and tried to trace our family lines, only to inevitably run up against a brick wall. (I managed to trace my own family reliably back to my great-great-great-grandmother, who arrived here at the end of the 18th century on a slave ship, but I'll never know her tribe or her nationality.) Haley begins his story fittingly in a small African village, where a 17 year old boy named Kunta Kinte is abducted by slave traders after venturing out of his village alone. His harrowing voyage to America is told in some 50 of the most gut-wrenching pages ever written. It's been reliably estimated that the death rate on the slave ships was between 35 and 40%; translated into numbers, that means that besides the 14 million Africans who were dragged, more dead than alive, onto the shores of the Americas, another 11 million died en route. Sold into slavery to a Virginia planter, Kunta lives out his life in bondage, struggling to hold onto the few remnant of his African identity. Haley is a great storyteller and the narrative sweeps through succeeding five generations, bringing his subjects vividly to life, and it all reads like a great novel until we are brought up short by his own arrival on the scene a century and a half after his ancestor's birth, and then it hits us like a knockout punch: forget the novel, this is real. This is Haley's family and every black family in America that has struggled to survive and has not only survived, but has succeeded despite enormous odds. The most mind-blowing part of the book, for this reader, was when Haley returned to his ancestor's native Gambian village of Juffure and heard his own family history narrated by the Griot. Haley has written, in his history of one family, the story of every family in America that traces its roots back to Africa from the 16th through the early 19th centuries. In the words of old African-American saying, which has relevance for everyone, you can't know where you're going, if you don't know where you've been. Haley shows us, in vivid and at times excruciating detail, where we've been, and what we've come through to be who we are.
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One of the best historical sagas written 2 novembre 2001
Par Busy Mom - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I am surprised that I have not read this book sooner ~~ considering how much I love biography/family histories. This is one book that will definitely go on my top 50 books.
Alex Haley writes of his seven generations of family life ~~ beginning with "The African" ~ Kunta Kinte ~ who was abducted from his village in The Gambia and ending with a brief biography of himself. From a proud African captured and forced to become a slave to freedmen and farmers, business owners and the women who prayed for the families while keeping the stories alive ... this is one book to cherish.
You struggle with Kinte's disappointments, fears, sorrow, bitterness and joy as he watches his freedom disappears into slavery. You begin to understand his anguish at losing his family, self-respect, pride and honor. You begin to understand the stoicness behind each slave's demeanor as he or she serve their masters/mistresses and their secret longings for a home they can call theirs or even live their lives without fear of being sold off to another family plantation. And you begin to understand their relief when the Civil War ended.
I have to confess, Haley's family are among the fortunate ~~ they managed to stay together through two slave-holding families ~~ though I don't understand how the Murray family can say slavery is ok. They may be more lenient than other slaveholding families ~~ but it is still wrong to hold another human being against their will simply because of their skin color.
Haley demonstrates how the intelligence of his family helped them survive the years during slavery, after Civil War and during the Reconstruction period. And I have to confess, my favorite scene in this whole book is when Tom, shortly after being freed, comes upon a white man who had whipped him after accusing him of stealing food while working for him during the war, gives him a drink. The captain then demanded that Tom gives him a drink and Tom just looks at him steadily before walking away. He knew then that he was free and unbeholden to any white man. And Tom is my favorite character ~~ he finds a way to work around working for white men and still retaining his independence. He has the strength of The African running in his veins.
This is one book that will be sticking with me for a long time. It is rich in heritage. It is rich in dialect. It is rich in every human emotion possible, and dreams. It is rich in hope as well. This is one book that should be deemed as a classic ~~ it portrays American history in a way that we don't get to hear in classes in school. It is one dimension of a time that seeps in history ~~ and it is an African-American history. It is one that I highly recommend for everyone to read. The voices of Haley's ancestors aren't so easily forgotten. They will haunt you the next time you hear of a Civil Rights movement happening ~~ or a story about a slave ancestor. These are a people who have not forgotten their roots and where they came from. They hung onto their dreams and dignity as best as they could throughout some of the harshest times in the matters of history. And Haley captures their voices beautifully.
This is one book you won't regret picking up.
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disgraceful typos 16 juillet 2007
Par Maquis Leader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Roots is one of the best books I've ever read, but after reading this newly released edition, I'd recommend readers find an older copy. The first section is riddled with typos and grammatical errors and so is the last section, obviously the book was edited by more than one editor because the rest of the book is perfect.

It's a disgrace that such a great book was allowed to be reprinted in such a sloppy fashion. Readers, shop around for a copy from the '70's if you want to enjoy this book as it deserves to be.
25 internautes sur 30 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A Touching Story 16 mai 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
When I began reading this book I had to force myself to get through the first few pages because of the details of the background and culture of Africa. Alex Haley opened the book by telling about Africa as it existed back then and gave the view of America by the Africans as they saw it. I soon began to realize, however, that the cultural background is an essential part of the novel. Every detail Haley gave in the beginning of the book became important through the rest of the book as it followed the life of one man, Kunta Kinte. Kunta Kinte is an African boy whi is taken from his homeland by white men to become a slave. As I continued the book I became attached to the Kinte family and began to feel the pain and suffering of Kunta Kinte. The story of Kunta is passed on for many generations as they learn the story of their ancestor. This book made me open my eyes to the pain and suffering that African slaves kidnapped had to go through. I loved this book and strongly recommend it to anyone.
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A riveting drama about American History... 1 mars 2001
Par F. Carter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book begins in the African village of Juffure in the mid-1700's with the birth of Kunta Kinte. The reader is permitted to partake in the first 17 years of Kunta's life, learning along with Kunta the customs of his people... We cheer with him when he graduates from one kafo to the next; we sit in awesome wonder as we read about all of the things he sees on his travels; and we cry out in agony as he is captured and kidnapped by slave traders. We follow Kunta to America, where he makes four failed attempts to escape before slave catchers cut off half of his foot. If more than half of the book is dedicated to Kunta, the remainder of the book is dedicated to his legacy. We follow the life stories of Kunta's daughter Kizzy and Kizzy's son Chicken George, all the way down to Alex himself -- who sits on his grandmother Cynthia's knee, over and over again hearing the story of "The African". I was so captivated by Roots that I took the book with me even to the bathroom. You will not be able to put this book down.
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