While somewhat interesting to see all that was going on in the world in 1968, the book doesn't hang well together, never seems to get going, then ends abruptly. I was hoping for a lot more detaield history from what seemed like a fairly long book.
And a book with so much American culture needs an American narrator. The many pronuncuation mistakes were distracting.
Some cultural history, a nice sense of humour and a terrific, casual, unassuming main charcter make this a very enjoyable listen. Also, it is one of the very best narrations I have ever heard. The science behind the deviation is present, but not too heavy.
You'll never think the same way again about self-responsibility, the point-lessness of forcing people to do anything, or socialism.
The length of this work makes it a challenge, (including a 90 page soliloquy SP ?)) but it's worth it. This book has shown up on many, many "most influentual books ever-read" lists, second only to the Bible!
Maybe, if the author had tried to establish a little credability for his/her very advanvced education a reader could belive that this book was written by a former slave. The author's use of grammer and vocabulary represents a very high level of education for the 1800s or an obvious knock-off by a modern day writer of the 19th century style. The protagonist only claims to have a few years of informal educaiton from a local shack dweller. The book's publisher includes information on why the book is real, but never touches on this issue.
Views into the slave's life is interesting, but the lie is insulting !
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