Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo audiobook

Blonde Roots

By Bernardine Evaristo
Reaad by Sandra James-Young

Penguin Audio 9781594488634
8.10 Hours 1
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A provocative and "dizzying satire" (The New Yorker) that "boldly turns history on its head" (Elle) from the Man Booker Prize winning author of Girl, Woman, Other. What if the history of the transatlantic slave trade had been reversed and Africans had enslaved Europeans? How would that have changed the ways that people justified their inhuman behavior? How would it inform our cultural attitudes and the insidious racism that still lingers today? We see this tragicomic world turned upside down through the eyes of Doris, an Englishwoman enslaved and taken to the New World, movingly recounting experiences of tremendous hardship and the dreams of the people she has left behind, all while journeying toward an escape into freedom. A poignant and dramatic story grounded in provocative ideas, Blonde Roots is a genuinely original, profoundly imaginative novel.

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Summary

Summary

A Paste Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks of the Month

Finalist for the 2010 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award

A provocative and "dizzying satire" (The New Yorker) that "boldly turns history on its head" (Elle) from the Man Booker Prize winning author of Girl, Woman, Other. What if the history of the transatlantic slave trade had been reversed and Africans had enslaved Europeans? How would that have changed the ways that people justified their inhuman behavior? How would it inform our cultural attitudes and the insidious racism that still lingers today? We see this tragicomic world turned upside down through the eyes of Doris, an Englishwoman enslaved and taken to the New World, movingly recounting experiences of tremendous hardship and the dreams of the people she has left behind, all while journeying toward an escape into freedom. A poignant and dramatic story grounded in provocative ideas, Blonde Roots is a genuinely original, profoundly imaginative novel.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This brilliant novel will fulfil [Evaristo’s] purpose of making readers view the transatlantic slave trade with fresh eyes.” The Times (London)
“A hugely imaginative tale that invites important debates, challenging fundamental perceptions of race, culture, and history.” Independent on Sunday
“A powerful, thoughtful reminder that diabolical behavior can take place in any culture.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“As written by a biracial Brit, the enslaved life and attempted escape of Doris, the white Englishwoman at the satirical novel’s center, gains layers of complexity. As narrated by black British actress Sandra James-Young, who imbues Doris with an optimistic fierceness, that complexity only grows. Evaristo and James-Young would be a stellar pair no matter the context, and their team-up makes the Blonde Roots listening experience exceptional.” Paste magazine (audio review)
“Part alternate history and part biting satire…an enthralling, eye-opening story.” Bookmarks magazine

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Author

Author Bio: Bernardine Evaristo

Author Bio: Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo is the Anglo-Nigerian award-winning author of several books of fiction and verse fiction, including the novel Girl, Woman, Other, which won the 2019 Booker Prize. She is the first black woman to ever have received the Booker Prize. She is professor of creative writing at Brunel University London and vice chair of the Royal Society of Literature. Her writing is characterized by experimentation, daring, and subversion, challenging the myths of various Afro-diasporic histories and identities, and her books range in genre from poetry to short story to drama to criticism. Her books have been chosen as a book of the year thirteen times by British media, and her novel The Emperor’s Babe was a London Times Book of the Decade.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English