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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The African by Harold Courlander. The African by Harold Courlander. 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 his homeland.
His story recreates the horrors of the Middle Passage and the degradation of slavery. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends barold of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Africanplease sign up. Is this what Alex Haley used to copy from when he plagiarized his fiction Roots? He even admitted it: See 2 questions about The African…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 03, [Name Redacted] rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just to get this out of the way: Alex Haley plagiarized from this when writing “Roots.
Aug 02, Qelilah rated it liked it. This is the book that was said that Alex Haley plagiarized. He may have at the very beginning, but there are things in Alex Haley’s book that makes his fiction superior. There are no people captured in ‘The African’ who know who Jesus was, can read or write. Many Africans who were captured and who were Jewish, Christian, or Muslim could read, write, or recite Holy writings hqrold memory.
I liked The African’s direction in the Native American culture. I was surprised that he This is the book that was said that Alex Haley plagiarized. I was surprised that vourlander knew the name of the people my ancestors were from and did not only use the common American name of Creek. The story is pretty good. But, I have another problem. He states, inthat he had not read anything about the African experience from Africa to America. I find this hard to believe. There was an author who wrote a fictional series on an African experience from Africa to America.
This author was so well known that several of his books were made into movies. There were also slave africab of the start in Africa to America.
One very famous one was not a fiction and was given to us by Olaudah Equiano. I can see both literature in The African.
The book is a good read for those who have no knowledge of the African history of Christian, Jews, and Muslims thee traded into slavery. The best thing about this book is the introduction of diverse Black characters, good guys and bad guys.
View all 5 comments. Jul 31, Morgan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Courlander was an ethnomusicologist who traded reel-to-reel tapes with people from all over the world. He yhe to what he’d learned from from histories on either side of the Middle Passage and turned it into a novel written in the style that one lives one’s life: The result is an awesome portrait of man’s passage through slavery and explores the corners of the American South and lesser known phenomena of a people on the brink of semi- emancipation.
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Jan 27, Leslie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Nov 27, LeeTravelGoddess rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this book from beginning to end and really did not want it to end. In some ways, I feel as if HC embodied The African and perhaps lived off the land for some time to get the most appropriate words to use in this beautiful novel!
I love how the Indians were incorporated and that while there is no happy ending— there is also no sad thw. There were times I wanted to cry and afrjcan I wanted to cheer I hope Wes made it and never once did he have to step on anyone to get anywhere. Cause guess what, African Americans, Africans and Indians are out here flourishing despite what was forced upon us. So, just to get this out 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.
It’s pretty much just the part on the slave ship, though, not the whole story or anything. This is an interesting story, and I’m going to compare it to Roots because I can’t help it. The main difference is that this is just the courlader of one man, rather than a aafrican history. But the dude does So, just to get this out 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.
But the dude does have a few different experiences that I’ve never read about before, like being in a couple of independent black communities in America, one on St. He was also a guest of a Native American village for a while I forget which tribe.
So that was cool. 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 a nice, interesting story, and things that happened were sad and terrible sometimes, but I don’t know that I was ever moved to tears, and I am pretty good at being moved to tears by sad books. I just never felt like I really knew Wes. If someone was like “should I read this book? It sounds interesting” I would probably say “sure” but I would never go to someone and say “you know what you should check out?
You should read The African. And it’s not a perfect book! But it’s important, and it makes you feel what it’s like to be a black slave in southern America. In The African you’re just reading about it. View all 6 comments. Mar 20, Ebookwormy1 rated it liked it Shelves: I was lead to this book after reading Alex Haley’s Roots.
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 reading Alex Haley’s Roots.
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 innocence in the matter.
It contains detailed information on the capture, transport, sale and lifestyle of slaves. Religious concerns are examined in depth, with the main character assuming a mish-mash of his ancestral voodoo and American Christendom. It was an interesting read, but ocurlander didn’t captivate me like either Roots or Jubilee the other work Haley is suspected to have plagiarized from – which I HIGHLY recommend, see reviewbut of which are, in my coirlander, superior renditions.
The African by Harold Courlander
Nonetheless, it is my understanding that “The African” was a ground breaking book, published during a time thee there was neither interest nor research in the African experience of Americans transplanted forcibly by the slave trade. Courlander’s commitment to opening a window into this oppressive situation is admirable, even if the work he produced lacks brilliance.
If you are interested in the themes of African Americans making their way, you should also check out the other book Haley plagiarized from Jubilee, Walker, https: A new book has been written that I prefer to Roots. A generational narrative that spans from Africa to America and back, see Homegoing, Gyasi, https: Aug 09, Vandella rated it really liked farican.
It is an incredible passage from boyhood to manhood in an African tradition.
Courlanderan American Jewish author, wrote a memorable story in great respect of African-American culture. Courlander story begins in Africa, captures the terror of life on a slave ship voyage, slave rebellions on land and sea, and Wes Hunu continuing destiny or fate as an iconic African hero during the eighteen hundreds.
The novel acquaints the reader with African deities, tribal differences, slave plantations and a freedom island before the Civil War. After reading the book, overall, I noticed very little resembles in the story lines and flow of the story to Roots. The African published in is a good read; the main protagonist is strong, intelligent and believable! And that makes the African a classic read.
Sep 16, Tanya rated it really liked 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. Although parts of the stories are similar, as a judge, I would have found it difficult to agree.
I’m certain Haley was influenced by the earlier book The African was the first book to begin a story of slavery in America in Africa.