Latest reviews in History Books »

The story of Kunta Kinte and his descendants

Advantages: A fantastic read! Very interesting and engaging.
Disadvantages: The language is difficult to understand at times.

"Roots" is one of those novels that you hear about but never really have the time to read. I've always wanted to read it but the length of it has always deterred me. It must be said that I'm not an avid reader and I mainly read chic lit and the odd crime ...

Sandra24 30.01.2007 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Roots - Alex Haley

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

Amazing-how to give away the op in one word

Advantages: An intersting and brilliant read
Disadvantages: none about the book, but the videos are pretty expensive

'Roots' was first a book written by Alex Haley and then in 1977, was made into a TV series. It's the true account of Haley's 12 year search for his ancestors, traced as far back as 1750. The story begins with Kunta Kinte, a 17 year old african boy fro ...

pennii 20.06.2001 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Roots - Alex Haley

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

Roots: A must read CLASSIC

Advantages: A stunning and shocking must read classic tale.
Disadvantages: Very long, 800-900 pages and contains difficult language at points.

...one of the best and most vivid books I have ever read. It is a modern classic and it comes with my 100% recommendation. Roots is a account of the life of Kunta Kente, a young African boy, captured and shipped to the US t ...

nickyct 07.01.2005 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Roots - Alex Haley

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

A Beautifully Written Book

Advantages: An enlightening story, tragic as it is.
Disadvantages: Painfull to read, at times.

I finally read Roots. By far the best book I ever read, written so beautifully I could hardly stop reading, yet so painful and saddening. I can only imagine the absolute horror of those times - being stolen from such a meaningful, culturally rich life in ...

Woodlandscream 05.02.2007 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful
Review of Roots - Alex Haley

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money

Long but well worth it

Advantages: A living history of the black man in America, based on Alex Haleys own family.
Disadvantages: Heavy (emotionally) in parts.

The tv mini-series brought "Roots" into our homes, and was excellent in it's own way, but the book is better I think. I love Alex Haley's eloquence, the picures that he paints in your mind - you feel the dusty heat of a dry Summer's day, you smell the fo ...

poet831 15.01.2001 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful
Review of Roots - Alex Haley

Degree of Information

How interesting was the...

How useful was it?

Would you read it again?

Value for money