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Il mondo conosciuto (2003)

di Edward P. Jones

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In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former 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 death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can't uphold the estate's order and chaos ensues. In a daring and ambitious novel, Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all of its moral complexities.

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The Known World is an epic story about slavery set mostly in Virginia before the Civil War. Its plot is like an old‑time patch work quilt made up of barely matching pieces that become something wondrous when stitched together. Since it’s hard to do justice to a book like this in a review I’ll just say the Pulitzer it won in 2004, and all the five‑star ratings here are well earned ( )
  wandaly | Jul 8, 2024 |
The topic was more interesting to me than the actual book, black slaveholders. I plodded along and found the writing to be prosaic, some of the characters were interesting and abundant, the story flipped back and forth in time demanding careful attention. There was a sense of sitting on a Southern porch listening to family tales while, at the same time, some of those stories were too horrific for the porch. I read the book for a book club and was surprised at how little debate came up on the issues presented in the novel. We mostly discussed structure and plot. ( )
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
This is a complex book about a historical fact that, although uncommon, existed; free blacks became slaveholders. One would like to think that free blacks would be more likely to be abolitionists. In this book, we meet characters that see slaveholding as a sign of prestige. Slavery affected them in a perverse way- they embraced the values of the social system that enslaved them.
My edition had an interview with the author in which he asks the essential question the book deals with: "What are the human origins and social impact of an institution built on dominance and oppression?"
Very thought-provoking. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
If found it hard to get through, despite some striking moments, and some interesting glimpses into the lives of slaves and free black slave-owners. I think the collage-like structure - jumping around between a variety of loosely connected plots and characters - is a promising literary device in theory that Edward Jones doesn't quite master in practice, leaving me uniformly indifferent to all of the characters (and indeed there are so many that it can be hard to follow the story of some of them). Perhaps that's the biggest fault of the book - there's little reason to care about any individual character in narrative that spreads itself thinly among so many. ( )
  breathslow | Jan 27, 2024 |
This is an adult book of interest to teens,
  VillageProject | Jan 25, 2024 |
Among the many triumphs of ''The Known World,'' not the least is Jones's transformation of a little-known footnote in history into a story that goes right to the heart of slavery. There are few certified villains in this novel, white or black, because slavery poisons moral judgments at the root
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One great achievement of Edward Jones's Pulitzer prize-winning novel The Known World is the circumscription of its moral vision, which locates the struggle between good and evil not in the vicissitudes of the diabolical slaveholding system of the American south, but inside the consciousness of each person, black or white, slave or free, who attempts to flourish within that soul-deadening system
 

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TO MY BROTHER
JOSEPH V. JONES

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TO THE MEMORY OF OUR MOTHER
JEANETTE S.M. JONES
who could have done much more in a better world.

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The evening his master died he worked again well after he ended the day for the other adults, his own wife among them, and sent them back with hunger and tiredness to their cabins.
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Fiction. African American Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:

In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former 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 death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can't uphold the estate's order and chaos ensues. In a daring and ambitious novel, Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all of its moral complexities.

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