Friday, August 16, 2013

The Known World by Edward P Jones

First sentence:

"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."


"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." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was an interesting book about slavery, race and families in Manchester County, Virginia. I liked the interactions between the characters, including Moses and Caldonia.

Date read: 8/15/2013
Book #: 25
Rating: 3*/5
Genre: Historical Fiction

ISBN-10: 0060557559
ISBN-13: 978006055753
Publisher: Amistad
Year: 2003
# of pages: 388
Binding: Trade Paperback
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