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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.

©1993 Harold Courlander (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC

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Tragically beautiful

this story.. I so wanted there to be a happy ending.. that he would find Agagane or at least Ohio.. being a black American, this story spoke to my soul . I so wanted Hwesuhunu to defy the odds and somehow make it. I feel like Wes is my spirit ancestor sharing his story with me.

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Picks up nicely

The first 3 or 4 hours are painful. It’s not that it’s not an engaging story but the presentation the narrator chose. Once we hits land it changes and becomes very engaging but I almost gave up before that. Good story

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The author did an amazing job

The autbor wrote with eloquence.I coukd sense the horror of slavery and the triumph of the human spirit throughout the whole book.

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The African

Wish I had found this gem years ago. Though not the epic that was "Roots" but its powerful non the less. The actor who did the reading did a remarkable job with the many accents of the various characters.

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  • 06-09-15

A required read for all inhabitants of Earth...

A classic novel that cements my appreciation of the ancestors who've suffered, yet found a way to triumph....

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