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Samridhii Sharma 22 Aug, 2020 Views: 214
The blurry text on the top says : This book is an act of love, it is this which makes it a haunting.
Hello fellow bibliophiles,
Today I bring to you not just a 'book' but a saga of best and the most vulnerable human emotions.
A little food for thought towards the end.
This is a book which traces the trials and tribulations of seven generations of a family and their struggle for identity.
Kunta Kinte, a Mandinka ( West African Ethnic Group) teenager experiencing the tangy taste of adulthood and life in general. His life took the turn for the worse when he was captured and sold off to the United States by slave traders.
The journey on the ‘big ship' to the ‘Land of Dreams’ can put all the claims of human beings the pinnacle of existence in the nearest bin. Bound to poles Kunta laid in his own excrement, with food being stuffed into his mouth, rats gnawing at his skin. Not knowing what will come earlier the destination or death, he wished for the latter.
In a foreign land with hostile people a dreadful certainty dawned on him, he will never see home again.
The rest of his life was spent in slavery,loss and inferiority but the storyline takes us through the lives of his descendants which births hope despite the raging darkness.
It is a moving saga of a guy who was uprooted from the ‘cradle of humanity' to ‘the land of dreams'.
Disclaimer :- This book makes one want to sit and think hard upon certain issues.
The questions are endless. The answers are still subjective.
This book with all its dark undertones sums up suffering of the less privileged people. Written in 1976, it is perfectly relatable to the present. This fact in itself is a tragedy.