Late again. Sorry!
Let's weigh in on the second section, through Chapter 69. Are you having as hard of a time dealing with what's going on as I am?
The utter cruelty that human beings can exact on other human beings is almost too much to bear. The descriptions of the conditions on the slave ship are so horrible. That anyone could survive that is testament to the strength of the human spirit.
When the slave ship arrives in American and Kunta is bought by a slave owner, this is the beginning of Kunta's continuous attempts at escaping. No matter how many times he's caught, he still keeps escaping, until finally...and tragically...something is done to him that makes further escape attempts pretty much impossible. The true tragedy though is seeing this indomitable spirit finally crushed into the acceptance of slavery.
I was surprised that these events are taking place around the time of the Revolutionary War. For some reason, I thought this story occurred much later. So, this is taking place close to 100 years before the Civil War. This fact gave me perspective on just how long slavery went on in America...even long before the Revolutionary War.
We start to see Kunta making friends and settling into his life as a slave, but he still struggles with his identity, realizing his age, 34 years old, and just how long he has been gone from Africa. When he meets Boteng, another slave from Africa, the sense of connection spurs in him the desire to seek love and connection in his own life which is a major breakthrough for Kunta.
What do you think of it so far? Share your thoughts.