The Known World by Edward P. Jones

"The Known World" is a historical novel set in antebellum Virginia, exploring the complex relationships between slaves, free blacks, and whites. The story revolves around a black man who becomes a slave owner, his wife, and their slaves. It provides a unique perspective on the moral complexities and personal consequences of slavery, while also examining the intricate social hierarchy of the time. The narrative is filled with richly drawn characters, each with their own stories and struggles, offering a vivid portrayal of a little-known aspect of American history.

The 733rd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 884

Since this book was first published in 2003, there is a penalty of 46.4%. The age adjusted score is 473.82.

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