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The book was originally described as "fiction," yet sold in the non-fiction section of bookstores. Haley spent the last chapter of the book describing his research in archives and libraries to support his family's oral tradition with written records. However, historians and genealogists found critical errors in his research. Most of the novel is either unsupported or contradicted by the available evidence.

Edward Kosner , reviewing the volume Alex Haley by Robert J. Norrell, said Haley "could have avoided all the grief if he and his publishers had simply labeled the book [ Roots ] what it was a historical novel valid in its essential narrative but informed by the imagination". [1]

Roots tells the story of Kunta Kinte —a young man taken from the Gambia when he was seventeen and sold as a slave—and seven generations of his descendants in the United States. Kunta, a Mandinka living by the River Gambia , has a difficult but free childhood in his village, Juffure . His village subsists on farming, and sometimes they lack enough food, as the climate is harsh. Kunta is surrounded by love and traditions. Ominously, the village had heard of the recent arrival of toubob , men with white skins who smell like wet chickens.

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American Book Trade Directory 2017-2018


American Trade Politics: I. M. Destler: 9780881322156.

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