The African [Harold Courlander] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The unforgettable, deeply moving novel of a young man’s life as slave. Before Alex Hailey’s Roots there was Courlander’s The African, which chronicles the experiences of a young African boy, Hwesuhunu, who is kidnapped from. The tale of an African boy who is captured from his tribe and sold in America as a slave.

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Retrieved from ” https: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The Saga of an American Familybut still interesting.

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Books with missing cover All stub articles. Dana Ladani rated it really liked it Sep 14, Courlander doesn’t spend enough time describing Wes’s life in Africa — and he was only twelve when he was stolen — so it’s hard to feel the Africanness of Wes after he’s in America.

It’s not “Roots,”but still a fine book. Jubilee, Walker, https: My teenage son loves the book. It’s pretty much just the part on the slave ship, though, not the whole story or anything. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He took a special interest in oral literaturecults, and Afro-American cultural connections with Africa.

Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This is the book that was said that Alex Haley plagiarized.

Sarah rated it it was ok Oct 20, So both for its place in history and just for interesting reading, “The African” is a good way to spend some time. The African is a novel by Harold Courlander. Haley copied language, thoughts, attitudes, incidents, situations, plot and character.


This was an intriguing and perhaps unlikely story of an African boy, captured and enslaved, who must come to grips with the choices in attitude and action that are before him while maintaining his African heritage. Where he fails lies in the structure of the story itself which he has hinged upon a myth, lore that Hwesuhunu remembers about the man who chased an antelope into the land of the Dead and is doomed never to return.

Alex Haley, et al”. Please provide an email address. Refresh and try again. Tales and Legends of the Hopi Indianswas issued in and was quickly recognized as an indispensable work in the study of oral literature.

He would squirm his body, with his fingers darting and pinching to crush any lice that he might trap between his nails. Courlxnder rated it really liked it Mar 01, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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And it’s not a perfect book! From untilhe worked as a news writer and news analyst for the Voice of America in New York City. Mar 09, Primelover added it Shelves: After reading and researching Roots by Alex Haley, I had to read this one too because Haley was accused by Harold Courlander and settled out of court of plagiarizing from this book. This page was last edited on 11 Decemberat Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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Jess rated it really liked it Jan 20, Be the first to discover afdican talent! He even admitted it: It is an incredible passage from boyhood to manhood in an African tradition.

Want to Read saving…. Haley’s novel begins before the American Revolution, depicts disease striking down the slaves before they could revolt, and shows the ship arriving successfully in the British colony of Maryland.

And that makes the African a classic read. The main difference is that this is just the story of one man, rather than a family history. But the dude does So, just zfrican get this tthe of the way, the author of this book, Harold Courlander, sued Alex Haley, saying that Haley ripped off some parts of Roots from this book.


Ward stated, “Copying there is, period. Not as great a novel as Roots: It’s overweighted by events but nonetheless, the quieter moments, the relationships, and the contrasts between the Africans and their tempered brothers have a great deal of honesty.

A Profoundly intense read. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Roots was captivating to me see reviewand so I did some additional research on it and discovered there were alligations that Haley plagiarized from Harold Courlander’s “The African”, published nine years before Roots It seems the passages in question were concentrated in the life of Kunta Kinte ; after Courlander sued Haley an out of court monetary settlement from Haley to Courlander was made, though Haley seems to have maintained in I was lead to this book after arican Alex Haley’s Roots.

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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. This is a great book, but the similarities with “Roots” ends with the basic subject matter and the slave ship scene, which was the source of the suit. Over the next 30 years, he traveled to Haiti more than 20 times.

The story is pretty good. The Saga of an American Family Paperback.