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The African [Harold Courlander] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The unforgettable, deeply moving novel of a young man’s life as slave. Before Alex Hailey’s Roots there was Courlander’s The African, which chronicles the experiences of a young African boy, Hwesuhunu, who is kidnapped from. The tale of an African boy who is captured from his tribe and sold in America as a slave.

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The unforgettable, deeply moving novel of a young man’s life as slave and runaway — so powerful it takes every idea you’ve ever had about slaves and slavery and rips it to shreds! Would you like to tell courlwnder about a lower price?

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Please try again later. This is a great book, but the similarities with “Roots” ends with the basic subject matter and the slave ship scene, which was the source of the suit. Beynd that, the characters and stories of Wes and Kunta Kinte take on different dimensions altogether.

Wes, the title character in this novel, has some really interesting adventures. After being captured from Africa and brought to North America, he deals with slavery, encounters with American Indians, and some adventures with residents of a “free Negro” settlement. These episodes are told in a page turning fashion and for the rapid reader, its a good overnight or weekend read.

Courlander’s background in world folklore helps him with authentic details. So both for its place in history and just for interesting reading, “The African” is a good way to spend some time. It’s not “Roots,”but still a fine book. Put it DOWN after 3 haro,d. Roots may be based on this book, but Roots is superior in story telling to this book.

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Audible Audiobook Verified Purchase. Awesome, gut wrenching, powerful account. Great quality and service! My teenage son loves the book. A Profoundly afrocan read. I purchased this book for a friend. He seems thrilled by it and recommends it to anyone who’s interested in African American history in regards to the evolution of slavery.


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