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read ð eBook or Kindle ePUB Ë Edward P. Jones review The Known World Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory The Known World is a daring and ambitious work by Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P Jones The Known World tells the story of Henry Townsend a black farmer and former. I know this is a critically acclaimed book a Pulitzer winner and a book tackling a difficult and complex stain on America history slavery and black slave owners There are moments when the book does say some interesting things or reveal some unsavory and uncomfortable truths but it was so hard to engage with as a reader I mean I hung in with DFW through the first 600 pages of Infinite Jest where nothing happens but because I was fascinated by Hal Orin Marathe Steeply and Mario and Madame Psychosis who all fascinated me There were literally dozens of other characters but these all pulled me in In The Known World there are also dozens of characters but none that I grew any attachment too It was as if the author Jones was using a hand held camera and no stabilizer so that the images were jumpy and out of focus It reminded me sometimes of how the world seems to my myopic eyes between taking off my glasses in the morning and putting in my contact lenses The narration also highly annoyed me All the parenthetical in 60 years so and so will do such as such were meaningless because I was given neither enough time nor enough detail to give a shit Further there is this reference to years later they would all turn into human torches in front of the dry foods store but no mention afterwards of to what this referred But the most annoying bit was in using the Canadian journalist frame at about page 130 or so which then only briefly appears in the narrative 200 pages later in a parenthetical throwaway comment it is said that the journalist would never marry his heart s desire yet 3 pages later they marry and that coming to talk to Fern that there was some incomprehensible stuff that happens off screen that morning also never adeuately explained and so she was not going to open up to the journalist and yet we still find her filling in details about Henry Moses and Caledonia 30 pages later Too much inconsistency was the editor asleep or stoned and missed theseSo despite taking on a complex subject Jones is no Faulkner as his South does not eve approach that of the Great William He is not as good as Pynchon or DFW is manipulating time and space in a narrative that was 100 or 150 pages too long and felt it and he is not Alice Walker or Toni Morrison who brought us the most amazing poignant and powerful images of slavery and its residual impacts generations later that I have ever read So read Beloved or Absalom Absalom if you want to hear about the South and I expect you will be less frustrated but every bit enraged at this deplorable institution that is a cancer on the American past

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read ð eBook or Kindle ePUB Ë Edward P. Jones review The Known World Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB Slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins the most powerful man in Manchester County Virginia Making certain he never circumvents the law Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline But when deat. Dear The Known WorldI ll be blunt I m breaking things off This just isn t working It s not you it s me Well maybe it s you too a bitI really thought when we got together that we would have a brief but mutually satisfying relationship I d read you you d provide enlightenment or emotional catharsis or entertainment maybe even all three All the signs were there the laudatory uotes on your jacket a shocking and unexpected premise high marks on goodreads But something was just off by the end of the first chapter Maybe it was the masturbation scene right at the start Or the characters that I just couldn t get into I could hardly tell some of them apart Or the way the narrative seemed to skip all over without any focus Maybe I just didn t give you enough pages I m sure you got better as you went along I mean look at all the four and five star reviews you ve gotten But every time I picked you up my thoughts turned to the three other books on my bedside table that I d rather be reading I haven t actually been unfaithful but that s just not a healthy basis for a relationship So after 72 pages I m putting you downDon t feel too bad Focus on all those other good reviews and maybe we ll meet again someday when the stars all align just right But probably notEmilyFor book reviews come visit my blog Build Enough Bookshelves

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read ð eBook or Kindle ePUB Ë Edward P. Jones review The Known World Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB H takes him unexpectedly his widow Caldonia can't uphold the estate's order and chaos ensues Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all its moral complexiti. In this book I learned that there used to be black slaveholders in the US I thought that only white people were allowed to own slaves during the time that owning slaves were like owning properties During that pre Abolition time During those sad dark days in the American historyBlack Edward P Jones born 1951 wrote this historical epic novel The Known World based on the not well known fact that there were some black slaveholders black people owning black slaves in the state of Virginia during the time in the US when owning slave is legal Wikipedia has this to say Slavery in the United States was a form of unfree labor which existed as a legal institution in North America for than a century before the founding of the United States in 1776 and continued mostly in the South until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 18651 The first English colony in North America Virginia first imported Africans in 1619 a practice earlier established in the Spanish colonies as early as the 1560s2 Most slaves were black and were held by whites although some Native Americans and free blacks also held slaves there were a small number of white slaves as well3 Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Award for Fiction The Known World is one of the most memorable reads I had this year It is not an easy book to read This 388 page novel left me with a heavy chest each time I closed the book Each page is gloomy and sad The novel is well told with lyrical prose creating a big canvas of imagery in one s mind while reading In that big canvas are memorable and three dimensional numerous characters most of them black slaves No character is downright bad or good The detailed description of the sceneries of a fictional county called Manchester and the true depictions of the characters are exceptionally striking that I had to slow down in my reading to savor the story and hold on tugging to them cheering them on to each characters Reading the last page left me with a heavy heart I would not want to let go of that image of Manchester and say goodbye Please don t go yet to the characters that I already became part of my literary world The world that resides in the recesses of my brain The world that is known only to me populated by people who I met only in my readings In terms of writing Jones extensively use the techniue called prolepsis that I first encountered reading Muriel Sparks The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1961 Jones explained this in the interview appendix of the book saying that he is the God of those characters so he knows what happened in the life of each characters from the time heshe was born up to the time hisher death The most moving example of this use was with the character of the child Tessie One fine day of September 1855 their mistress Caldonia saw the 5 yo Tessie playing with a wooden toy horse Caldonia says to the child That is very nice Tessie to which Tessie responded My papa did this for me In January 2002 on her deathbed the old Tessie asked her caretaker to get the wooden toy horse from the attic While holding the toy she breathed her last saying the same thing My papa did this for me My heart stopped beating Tears welled up in my eyes That scene is just one of the many moving scenes about those slaves in that time of the history in Virginia when black people were traded like they were not human but propertiesI can make this review very long There are just too many good things I would like to say here but I am afraid that no review can make justice to a book as good as this

  • Paperback
  • 388
  • The Known World
  • Edward P. Jones
  • English
  • 03 February 2017
  • 9780965136716