Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer 2011 Read-Along: Roots by Alex Haley WEEK 2

Pages 105-200 or Chapters 21-34

Sorry so late with the post, I had a GREAT weekend and finally getting back to reality.  LOL!

Here is what I thought:

I finally figured out the difference between "rains" (years) and "moons" (months).  LOL
This section is all about Kunta becoming a "man".  We start with Kunta fresh from his trip with his dad and his kafo being jealous.  Shorty after coming from the trip with his dad, he entered into the most important part of his manhood training.  This is where Kunta and his fellow kafo are taken to the woods for four moons and taught to be a TRUE MANDINKA MAN.  The training consisted of hunting, learning to use all their senses to their advantages and never being careless.  Coming back to the village as a MAN, we see how his relationship with the village, Nyo Boto, Lamin and Binta change dramatically.  I started to get scared when he took Lamin along with him for a trip to find gold.  I kept screaming while reading "Its a trap!  They are trying to give you to the toubob!"  However by seeing the movie, I knew that he was not going to get captured along with his brother so my nerves started to calm a little, however every time he went somewhere by himself I kept thinking, "Ok this time he is as good as caught!" 
Lastly after his shift of watching over the village, Kunta decides that instead of heading home to get breakfast from Binta (a decision that will probably hunt him until he dies), he decides not to be weak and listen to hunger and instead go look for wood for a drum he has been thinking about making for some time now.  NOW!  As soon as I read that, I knew he was about to get caught because I remembered it from the movie.  This is where I got really anxious and read all about his captured and the things he endured before being put on a ship headed to the new world (America) by way of the Middle Passage. 
What kills me the most is that I will never know how Binta, Omoro and his siblings took the lost of him. 
What did you think this section?
What was the best part?

Was there anything that you hated?

If you did not have a best/hated part, what stood out to you?

Do not FORGET to go check out Book Snob's blog for her review of her 100 pages along with Just Books, Truebookaddict, and Whatsheread!


Sherrie said...

I was the same way, knowing his capture was coming and hating that it was. Thanks for stopping by my place, Have a great day!

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Laurie said...

Yes, I was so worried when Kunta decided to take Lamin in search of gold with the other boys! And I hadn't seen the movie so I felt tense until the moment they returned and gave the quills to Binta.
So far, there's been no particular part that stood out for me, and none that I had any particular problems with either, although it did become awfully violent as Kunta was captured and tortured. I have trouble reading such graphic violence, but I think it's important to acknowledge how brutal these events were, so I'm definitely going to keep reading.
I really appreciated your questions above, and I'll try to create questions and link to everybody's blogs in my next posts.

Booksnob said...

Glad you had a good weekend. I suspect with the 4th being a holiday on Monday we may all be posting late next week. Life happens. I love this book. I am looking forward to reading parts of the book that I have not seen in the movie. I only watched part 1 of the film so the rest of the book will be a surprise to me. Have a great independence day.