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  • The Known World
  • Edward P. Jones
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  • 22 March 2017
  • 9780965136716

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The Known World free read È 6 review The Known World H takes him unexpectedly his widow Caldonia can't uphold the estate's order and chaos ensues Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all its moral complexiti. This book demands that you read it slowly and intently Like eating a huge Thanksgiving dinner you need to pause and digest before you have the next course At the outset the plot seems to be all over the place bouncing from character to character telling too many stories not telling enough and then seeming to tell too much Ah but then you make a little progress and the rhythm begins to assert itself the stories begin to weave together the minute details begin to become a diorama the picture stops being a blur and comes into sharp focus This isn t one man s story or even the story of one place this is the story of all men and this is the tale of a worldThis book is not so much about race as it is about the abject insanity and evil of the institution of slavery wherever it is found whoever is practicing it In this system there are free black masters holding black slaves some of them well meaning but it does not make the practice any less immoral There are white men who love their black mistresses and the children they bear but it does not remove the fact that they hold a dominion over them that is not borne of love in any of its guises There are also individuals who are victims of the system and others who refuse to be victims of the system even at the cost of their lives I loved many of Jones characters notably Augustus and Mildred Townsend They exemplify what is the best in us I felt sorry for some of them like Sheriff John Skiffington who would like to be better than this society allows him to be and Caldonia Townsend s brother Calvin who wishes to go to New York so that he will not have to bear witness to the cruelties around him cruelties he must realized have escaped him only because of a trick of fortune I despised some of them and I recognized most of them The petty and jealous who must have dominion over someone to feel they have worth the ungrateful and traitorous who would turn upon a friend to put some silver in their own pockets the meek and hopeless who bow to the yoke and try simply to find a corner in which they are allowed to exist the defiant and strong minded who fight with their last breath because to do otherwise is to prop up the indefensible all are hereWhat I loved most about this novel is its genuineness its lack of exaggeration or hyperbole where surely none is needed its emphasis on the day to day injustice of an institution that is accepted as insurmountable or even correct only because it is what is Edward P Jones has leveled an attack at the heart of mankind and defied one to imagine what they would have done what they would have dared to do in such a place and time Fishes of the Open Ocean unexpectedly his widow Caldonia can't Out of Bounds uphold the estate's order and chaos ensues Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an Grass Sky Song unflinching look at slavery in all its moral complexiti. This book demands that you read it slowly and intently Like eating a huge Thanksgiving dinner you need to pause and digest before you have the next course At the outset the plot seems to be all over the place bouncing from character to character telling too many stories not telling enough and then seeming to tell too much Ah but then you make a little progress and the rhythm begins to assert itself the stories begin to weave together the minute details begin to become a diorama the picture stops being a blur and comes into sharp focus This isn t one man s story or even the story of one place this is the story of all men and this is the tale of a worldThis book is not so much about race as it is about the abject insanity and evil of the institution of slavery wherever it is found whoever is practicing it In this system there are free black masters holding black slaves some of them well meaning but it does not make the practice any less immoral There are white men who love their black mistresses and the children they bear but it does not remove the fact that they hold a dominion over them that is not borne of love in any of its guises There are also individuals who are victims of the system and others who refuse to be victims of the system even at the cost of their lives I loved many of Jones characters notably Augustus and Mildred Townsend They exemplify what is the best in Otter Chaos Otter Chaos #1 us I felt sorry for some of them like Sheriff John Skiffington who would like to be better than this society allows him to be and Caldonia Townsend s brother Calvin who wishes to go to New York so that he will not have to bear witness to the cruelties around him cruelties he must realized have escaped him only because of a trick of fortune I despised some of them and I recognized most of them The petty and jealous who must have dominion over someone to feel they have worth the The Illusionists ungrateful and traitorous who would turn The Last Testament upon a friend to put some silver in their own pockets the meek and hopeless who bow to the yoke and try simply to find a corner in which they are allowed to exist the defiant and strong minded who fight with their last breath because to do otherwise is to prop One for My Baby up the indefensible all are hereWhat I loved most about this novel is its genuineness its lack of exaggeration or hyperbole where surely none is needed its emphasis on the day to day injustice of an institution that is accepted as insurmountable or even correct only because it is what is Edward P Jones has leveled an attack at the heart of mankind and defied one to imagine what they would have done what they would have dared to do in such a place and time

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The Known World

The Known World free read È 6 review The Known World One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory The Known World is a daring and ambitious work by Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P Jones The Known World tells the story of Henry Townsend a black farmer and former. I know this is a critically acclaimed book a Pulitzer winner and a book tackling a difficult and complex stain on America history slavery and black slave owners There are moments when the book does say some interesting things or reveal some unsavory and uncomfortable truths but it was so hard to engage with as a reader I mean I hung in with DFW through the first 600 pages of Infinite Jest where nothing happens but because I was fascinated by Hal Orin Marathe Steeply and Mario and Madame Psychosis who all fascinated me There were literally dozens of other characters but these all pulled me in In The Known World there are also dozens of characters but none that I grew any attachment too It was as if the author Jones was using a hand held camera and no stabilizer so that the images were jumpy and out of focus It reminded me sometimes of how the world seems to my myopic eyes between taking off my glasses in the morning and putting in my contact lenses The narration also highly annoyed me All the parenthetical in 60 years so and so will do such as such were meaningless because I was given neither enough time nor enough detail to give a shit Further there is this reference to years later they would all turn into human torches in front of the dry foods store but no mention afterwards of to what this referred But the most annoying bit was in using the Canadian journalist frame at about page 130 or so which then only briefly appears in the narrative 200 pages later in a parenthetical throwaway comment it is said that the journalist would never marry his heart s desire yet 3 pages later they marry and that coming to talk to Fern that there was some incomprehensible stuff that happens off screen that morning also never adeuately explained and so she was not going to open up to the journalist and yet we still find her filling in details about Henry Moses and Caledonia 30 pages later Too much inconsistency was the editor asleep or stoned and missed theseSo despite taking on a complex subject Jones is no Faulkner as his South does not eve approach that of the Great William He is not as good as Pynchon or DFW is manipulating time and space in a narrative that was 100 or 150 pages too long and felt it and he is not Alice Walker or Toni Morrison who brought us the most amazing poignant and powerful images of slavery and its residual impacts generations later that I have ever read So read Beloved or Absalom Absalom if you want to hear about the South and I expect you will be less frustrated but every bit enraged at this deplorable institution that is a cancer on the American past

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The Known World free read È 6 review The Known World 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 deat. I m going to have to rave a bit because this is one of the best books I ve read in the past ten yearsJones packs in all the historical detail you could want and of course he s hit on a subject black slaveowners that in and of itself is tabloid sensational Where lesser writers might lean too hard on the sensational aspect or rely on it to bolster an otherwise weak narrative Jones works it into a compelling and powerful storyWhat makes it so powerful is a mix of fascinating characters who are woven into a series of overlapping plotlines For me it s the structuring that is so brilliant geek alert I actually diagrammed the time shifts in the chapters as an exercise to see when and how Jones yoked the whole thing together This less than linear approach might be frustrating to those who just want things to be straightforward but stick with it the shifts provide suspense as well as texture and they propel than one storyline at once They do all come together trust meI also admire the overarching authorial voice in the novel which certainly leans toward the formal but also comes across as aware of the history it s grappling with here and there Jones projects his voice forward for a moment or seemingly digresses with factual material and research Again it s all part of the tapestry and the mix and I also think that the level of narrative awareness which never disengages long enough to derail anything adds another layer to the very idea of history making the whole historical and contemporary bothAnd for those of you who can do without all of the above writerly blather a thousand pardons you ll find in this book characters who are engaging ignorant cruel earnest sympathetic tragic hopeful flawed in short complicated Halfway through you ll be fighting off the impulse to skip ahead to learn everyone s fateFinally I ll say that this book isn t perfect there are aspects of what I ve described above that sometimes don t work narrative turns that do seem pointless digressions a character or two a bit stereotypical or annoying No matter This book aims high as brilliant works of art do and the result is nothing short of amazing