Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Summmer 2011 Read-Along: Roots by Alex Haley Week 7

Pages 501-702 and Chapters 79-101
I finally caught up with the reading!  LOL

Here is what I thought:

In these 200 pages we read about Kizzy's life and that of her child "Chicken" George.  However I start my reading with learning about the reaction of everyone regarding the Richmond uprising and the large migration of slaves being sold in the south and the fear it put in Kunta of thinking what will happen if Bell or Kizzy were to ever be taken from him.  Also during this time, Kunta gets very sick, but eventually gains his health back.  Kizzy mourns the lost of her friendship with Missy Anne, but gains another friend in Noah. 

The friendship with Noah is also a courtship in which Kunta approves of.  One day when Noah approaches Kunta, Kunta believes its in order to get his blessing to court Kizzy.  However Noah is interested in running away and nobody can change his mind.  Eventually he runs away and a couple of days later he is found, with a "pass" written by Kizzy!  Once Massa Waller finds this out..... he sells Kizzy and that is the last we hear of Kunta.

Kunta was 55. 

Kizzy arrives at a much smaller plantation where upon the first night she was beaten and rape.  As she gained consciousness, she found a lady named Miss Malizy cleaning her up.  On this plantation we meet Miss Malizy, the cook for Massa Lea and his wife, Missis Lea, Sister Sarah and Uncle Pompey the field hands, and Uncle Mingo, the chicken handler/trainer.

Shortly after finding arriving at the plantation, she finds out she is pregnant.  Here we meet George, and after that Kizzy is really an afterthought.  I feel I really did not learn a lot about her.  She kind of stop (in my opinion) aging once she got to Massa Lea's plantation.  Nevertheless we learn all about Chicken George and how he got his name and his love of chickens.  Chicken George meets a nice young lady named Matilda.  Through this marriage came NINE children, seven boys and two girls! 

Lastly, the sections ends with us being introduce to Tom (one of George's sons), the relationship the siblings have with each other, and Chicken George finally wising up and maturing and trying to determine how is going to buy the freedom of not only his self and his family, but that of Kizzy, Uncle Pompey, Sister Sarah and Miss Malizy!!!

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?
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Ondrej from James Patterson Book List said...

This is a background I particularly enjoy reading about, although there was a little too much romance for my taste; I overall enjoyed the writing style though.

Sherrie said...

Hi Bre,
I'm way behind but hope to catch up. I've gotten to Kizzy being born and the slave uprising. It must have been a really scary thing for the slaves. Not knowing if they were going to be sold off. Have a great day!

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