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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harold Courlander Narrator: Peter Francis Jame Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The African is Harold Courlander’s critically-acclaimed novel of the slave trade as seen through the eyes of Hwesuhunu. An insightful journey through the volatile frontiers of American slavery, this unforgettable story is the riveting primary source for Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Roots. Hwesuhunu’s life is portrayed in heartbreaking detail. Starting with his capture by French slave traders and the horrors of the Middle Passage, The African recounts his heroic fight for survival while shipwrecked on the island of Saint Lucia, his enslavement on a Georgia plantation, and his fate-driven quest for freedom as a runaway. Throughout these ordeals, Courlander passionately and eloquently conveys the full panorama of Hwesuhunu’s emotions, from the desperate confusion over his plight to his consuming search for his life’s meaning. Peter Francis James’ deeply resonant voice brings Courlander’s masterful prose to life with power and purpose.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie | 7/22/2011

    " another really good book from my "sociology of the inner city child" class. the author of this book sued alex haley (the author of roots) for stealing his idea... and won! there are definitely some eerily similar experiences in both books. "

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About the Author

Harold Courlander (1908–1996) was an American novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist, and an expert in the study of life in Haiti. He authored more than thirty books and plays and numerous scholarly articles.