The African

The African

Harold Courlander / Dec 11, 2019

The African 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 his homeland His story recreates the horrors of

  • Title: The African
  • Author: Harold Courlander
  • ISBN: 9780805030006
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 his homeland His story recreates the horrors of the Middle Passage and the degradation of slavery.

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    1. Just to get this out of the way: YES. Alex Haley plagiarized from this when writing "Roots." Courlander took him to court and, though Haley initially huffed it was all nonsense, Haley actually settled and issued one final concession: "Alex Haley acknowledges and regrets that various materials from 'The African' by Harold Courlander found their way into his book 'Roots.'" Through magic, one assumes. :/The most galling part is that not only is Courlander’s book shorter than Haley’s, but Courla [...]

    2. This is the book that was said that Alex Haley plagiarized. He may have at the very beginning, but there are things in Alex Haley's book that makes his fiction superior. There are no people captured in 'The African' who know who Jesus was, can read or write. Many Africans who were captured and who were Jewish, Christian, or Muslim could read, write, or recite Holy writings from memory. Many were multilingual. I liked The African's direction in the Native American culture. I was surprised that he [...]

    3. Courlander was an ethnomusicologist who traded reel-to-reel tapes with people from all over the world. He adapted to what he'd learned from from histories on either side of the Middle Passage and turned it into a novel written in the style that one lives one's life: not quite knowing what will happen next. The result is an awesome portrait of man's passage through slavery and explores the corners of the American South and lesser known phenomena of a people on the brink of (semi-) emancipation. R [...]

    4. another really good book from my "sociology of the inner city child" class. the author of this book sued alex haley (the author of roots) for stealing his idea and won! there are definitely some eerily similar experiences in both books.

    5. 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. And Courlander won. So there's that. It's pretty much just the part on the slave ship, though, not the whole story or anything.Anyway.This is an interesting story, and I'm going to compare it to Roots because I can't help it. The main difference is that this is just the story of one man, rather than a family history. But the dude does [...]

    6. An African’s Passage to DestinyBy Vandella BrownAfrican: A Novel by Harold Courlander is the story of Wes Hunu (Hwesuhunu), a captured slave’s journey from slave ship to America’s wilderness. It is an incredible passage from boyhood to manhood in an African tradition. Courlander (1908-1996), an American Jewish author, wrote a memorable story in great respect of African-American culture. Courlander story begins in Africa, captures the terror of life on a slave ship voyage, slave rebellions [...]

    7. I was lead to this book after reading Alex Haley's Roots. Roots was captivating to me (see review), and so I did some additional research on it and discovered there were alligations that Haley plagiarized from Harold Courlander's "The African", published nine years before Roots (It seems the passages in question were concentrated in the life of Kunta Kinte); after Courlander sued Haley an out of court monetary settlement from Haley to Courlander was made, though Haley seems to have maintained in [...]

    8. After reading and researching Roots by Alex Haley, I had to read this one too because Haley was accused by Harold Courlander (and settled out of court) of plagiarizing from this book. Although parts of the stories are similar, as a judge, I would have found it difficult to agree. 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.) but I was expecting direct quotes or at least trains of thought to be repeated and [...]

    9. Not as great a novel as Roots: The Saga of an American Family, but still interesting. Haley was accused of plagiarizing this book but I didn't find anything blatant. The African has some very different plot points, compared to Roots. Both are about a young African man that is kidnapped from his home, taken to America, and works on a plantation. Roots expands certain parts of the story and continues the tale after the original protagonist.

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