Roots

Roots

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Follows several generations in the lives of a slave family. The saga begins with Kunta Kinte, a West African youth captured by slave raiders and shipped to America in the 1700s. The family is depicted up until the Civil War, when Kunte Kinte's grandson gains his emancipation.

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1aa
Aug 22, 2019

From the point of view of an audience member of today, the incidents, some of the acting, and the normal form of storytelling (in chronological sequence) seems rather quaint and not very engaging; the many cutbacks and close-ups make it look... well, like a made for TV movie. I suppose this only shows that the norms and conventions of viewing stories on screens has changed a lot. I would have preferred to read nine hours of a real history book instead.

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firefly5
Jan 06, 2018

I read the book many years ago, I think I might have watched the t.v. series. Perhaps I was less sensitive when I was younger, I simply cannot watch this cruelty to other human beings.

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Janice21383
Sep 03, 2017

Given there is now a remake, how does the original hold up? Well first, both are working from a fictional story. It seems that Alex Haley made up most of the events, and even the Gambian storytellers he worked with were telling him what he wanted to hear (see article at the end of this post). The 1977 version looks like what it is, a TV movie, especially in its cartoonish African scenes. The 2016 version feels more realistic, if only because of its bigger budget. Unfortunately, the writers add even more fiction, and involve a Kinte-Haley family member in all the famous events of their times. The 1977 version is more low key and probable. Overall, I would give a slight edge to the original version, because of the power of the Kunta Kinte in the U.S. and Kizzy sections, but which one you prefer may depend on your liking for multi-generational family sagas. https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2017/feb/09/alex-haley-roots-reputation-authenticity

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evefacyson
Sep 18, 2016

I love myself some Maya Angelou! Reading her 2nd autobiography has made me love her more. I 've read other readers comments about this book and found that some readers had a hard time accepting that Dr. Angelou lived such a life. Even though I was very moved and disturbed by this book, I can truly appreciate Dr. Angelou's transparency. This book is a testament of her great wisdom in her later years. Without the struggles she faced in her youth the world at large would have been robbed of her enlightenments of life.

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GeordanR
Feb 26, 2014

Thhese are discs 5-7. The library does not own 1-4, so I didn't bother to watch it.

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matcat44
Jul 23, 2013

Loved it the first time around, but found the acting way too theatrical to want to watch again.

voisjoe1 Feb 28, 2013

Most people today, do not know that “Roots” was the all-time audience leader of a TV series and that it was a shock that a commercial broadcast network would make a serious series about African-Americans (previously, most African-Americans were on sit-coms, with many of them portrayed as stereotypical comic characters). The show shockingly was showed on 8 straight nights, with some of the shows being 2 hours in length. Remember that this was before most people had recording devices, so if you missed it, too bad. You would have to wait a year until they would show reruns. This was a great historical show from the capture of slaves until the day of emancipation. I am somewhat shocked that only one actor was nominated as best actor or actress.

voisjoe1 Feb 28, 2013

Most people today, do not know that “Roots” was the all-time audience leader of a TV series and that it was a shock that a commercial broadcast network would make a serious series about African-Americans (previously, most African-Americans were on sit-coms, with many of them portrayed as stereotypical comic characters). The show shockingly was showed on 8 straight nights, with some of the shows being 2 hours in length. Remember that this was before most people had recording devices, so if you missed it, too bad. You would have to wait a year until they would show reruns. This was a great historical show from the capture of slaves until the day of emancipation. I am somewhat shocked that only one actor was nominated as best actor or actress.

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toyaed
Feb 28, 2013

Can't believe I waited so long to watch this. Fascinating!

Lorna Mar 23, 2011

Wikipedia article with broadcast history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roots_(TV_miniseries)

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