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You need to persist - there are so many characters that at the beginning it's really hard to know what's happening to whom and a list of characters would have helped a lot. Once all the introductions are over, and you get used to bouncing around in time, things settle down nicely. Rather gory in a couple of places but ultimately a good read.
I've been reading through the 'Best Books of the Century' and puzzled at a couple of them. But Edward P Jones is an astonishing storyteller who captured me from the outset of this epic tale. His style means you can almost hear him narrate, even down to his 'interrupted' timeline when he suddenly remembers something to tell us (I loved when I am reading something he has told the reader before). The Known World describes a place and the characters that exist within it; one that will stay with me for a long time - I feel like I've almost been there! Brilliant book.
I am struggling reading this book. There are so many characters that it is hard to follow plus it is written in a way that the black race spoke in the 18th century. I am hoping that shortly it will become easier to read and I can enjoy it.