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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Courlander’s background in world folklore helps him with authentic details.

The African

Harold Courlander September 18, — March 15, was an American novelistfolkloristand anthropologist and an expert in the study of Haitian life. Where he fails lies in the structure of the story itself which he has hinged upon a myth, lore that Hwesuhunu remembers about the man who chased an antelope into the land of the Dead and is doomed never to return. The novel was the story of a slave’s capture in Africa, his experiences aboard a slave ship, and his struggle to retain his native culture in a hostile new world.

Always sympathetic to the plight hrold animals, Courlander, in yhe later years would write with his rescued, mixed German Shepherd dog, Sandy, at his side.

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Views Read Edit View history. Just to get this out of the way: I find this hard to believe. Gave up on this one and returned it to Audible.


Courlander also took numerous field trips to the southern United Statesrecording folk music in the s and s. A Profoundly intense read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. From untilCourlander was African specialist, Caribbean specialist, feature writer, and senior rhe analyst for the Voice of America in Washington, D.

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Retrieved from ” https: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He seems thrilled by it and recommends it to anyone who’s interested in African American history in regards to the evolution of slavery.

He may have at the very beginning, but there are things in Alex Haley’s book that makes his fiction superior. Bruchac remembered driving home three miles to fetch his own copy of The African and courlanser it to Haley, who promised to read it “on the plane.

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Mar 20, Ebookwormy1 rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 09, Primelover added it Shelves: They crawled on the face and drank at the corners of the eyes. Roots expands certain parts of the story and continues the tale after the original protagonist. Product details Paperback Publisher: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class. Archived from the original on If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?


It’s pretty much just the part on the slave ship, though, not the whole story or haroldd. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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. His story recreates the horrors of the Middle Passage and the degradation hatold slavery. 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. From —, he served as a general editor of Ethnic Folkways Library he actually devised the label name and recorded more than 30 courlanser of music from different cultures e.

Preview — The African by Harold Courlander. I purchased this book for a friend. A new book has been written that Courrlander prefer to Roots. District Court Judge Robert J.

Black Picket Fences, Second Edition: The African published in is a good read; the main protagonist is strong, intelligent and believable!

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