Tal itibaren Lisberg, Almanya
The Known World incorporates much of my favorite fodder for reading material: the South and its history, the complicated gender and race relations that issued from slavery, a splendid Cormac McCarthyesque detour into Texas and savory prose that makes the reader careful to register each word. Before I read this book, reviews that described its pace as "plodding" mildly dampened my enthusiasm. My concerns were quickly put to rest--the pace serves an extremely effective purpose that reflects storytelling in all its asides and tangents, that emulates the pace of real life, and that picks up the pieces of a fragmented historical record and imbues it with the life and emotion of an impressive cast of characters. The main protagonists are a place and an era whose time is past, but whose legacy continues to permeate the landscape for the decades that follow. Much like this tale will haunt the reader long after the final page is read.