Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Known World by Edward Jones

This Edward P. Jones novel is about black slaveowners, which was in actuality a thing that happened. It is one of the essential novel about slaveries; a more subtle (if less wrenching) companion to Beloved. There are some clever narrative turns in the story and several beautifully formed characters. I will say this never hit home with me in the way that the greatest novels do. White characters are central to the narrative and indeed are portrayed quite sympathetically.

A very good novel, but not quite a great one for me at least.

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