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The Known World

A Novel

By Edward P. Jones

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| Paperback | 9780060557553

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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 Continue

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.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Another one of "those books"


    To read my review in Spanish, click here: http://lunairereadings.blogspot.com/2012/06/known-world…

    This book is about a black man that after obtaining his freedom, ends up doing the only thing he knows: slavery. He owns slaves and ...(continue)


    To read my review in Spanish, click here: http://lunairereadings.blogspot.com/2012/06/known-world…

    This book is about a black man that after obtaining his freedom, ends up doing the only thing he knows: slavery. He owns slaves and does to them the very same thing he hated. The story is also about his relatives, and how they try to create a new world from the one they already know, and they fail. It is also about literature, the power of the written word, and the struggles of the creative process. It has a lot of allusions to the writer's life, and a lot of symbols to interpret. Yes, it is one of those books. It is a piece of art, but it is also difficult, and makes you feel that you are not getting the whole thing. I read it anyway, and I kind of enjoy some parts, especially the beginning.

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    ariadna73 said on Jun 17, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    The setting is impressive, and the theme original but the story is somehow difficult to follow because of continuous shifting of time levels. A Pulitzer Prize, is probably based on sound research on a very particular aspect of slavery (black owners), ...(continue)

    The setting is impressive, and the theme original but the story is somehow difficult to follow because of continuous shifting of time levels. A Pulitzer Prize, is probably based on sound research on a very particular aspect of slavery (black owners), and investigates the moral and social aspects of it under different points of view.

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    Anmar08 said on Jul 22, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    The Known World

    This beautifully told story exposes an interesting wrinkle to what is commonly known about the USA's history of slavery.

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    Readingrat said on Dec 25, 2008 | Add your feedback

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    If you loved this one (as I did), try The Longest Memory.

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    annemarie said on Oct 5, 2006 | Add your feedback

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