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The Known World

Jones, Edward P. (eBook - 2003)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Known World
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Authors: Jones, Edward P.
Title: The known world
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Publisher: New York : PerfectBound, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Statement of Responsibility: Edward P. Jones
Notes: Special features: "Inside The Known World: An Interview with Edward P. Jones"; Reading Group Guide
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable ebook
System Details: Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1471 KB) or Mobipocket Reader (file size: 492 KB)
Subject Headings: Slaves Fiction Slavery Fiction Virginia Fiction Plantation life Fiction African American slaveholders Fiction African American plantation owners Fiction
Genre/Form: Downloadable ebook
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Historical fiction
Topical Term: Slaves
Slavery
Plantation life
African American slaveholders
African American plantation owners
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Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave, becomes the protege of a powerful white landowner and in turn prospers and buys his own slaves.


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Apr 12, 2014
  • sxl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

elucidates the complexity of individuals, black, white, mixed....the lines blur and criss-cross with skin color and morality.

Mar 17, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This won the Pulitzer and was in a Times list of the best American novels since 1980. So maybe I went in with unreasonable expectations. I did appreciate this story of race and the wages of slavery in the South, with its echoes of Faulkner, Morrison and Twain without really getting into it.

Aug 15, 2013
  • samutavi rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I wish they would not label books as "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize". It always gets your hopes up. Then, if you read it and don't love it you think there is something wrong with you (am I not smart enough for this book?). I did not love this book. I'm impressed by Jones' ability to develop such a large, varied cast of characters, but his passing references to future events (character deaths and other eventual plot points) took me out of the moment again and again. That technique robbed the story of its potential power and immediacy.

Apr 09, 2012
  • lalalady rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Detailed and nuanced story of the effects of living with oppression. A slow and somber read with no relief, but it does draw you into a world that is nearly impossible to imagine.

Apr 28, 2011
  • carol554 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This novel opens with immediacy and unforgettable descriptions. It quickly loses momentum, however.

Feb 27, 2010
  • Darrelln rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting book about slavery. Very well written but not a barn burner. One man's attempt to get away and horrible slave owners.

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