Don’t Know Much ‘bout History
Posted 13 March, 09on:
The Known World by Edward P Jones
Normally, I stay far, far away from historical fiction. History was not a favorite subject of mine when I was in school. I had no logical reason for picking up this book, except that it was a book and I wanted something to read.
The book looks at slavery from a different perspective, former slaves who become slave owners. There were slaves who managed to buy their own freedom. Some even amassed enough wealth to buy their own slaves. One would think after living in slavery, one human being could never do that to another. Jones helps the reader understand this little known part of American history.
Typically, I do not like historical fiction because it focuses too much on the history part. I like more character development. The Known World is full of very believable and engaging characters.
This was not one of my favorite books ever, but it was definitely interesting and thought provoking.