Roots: The Saga of an American Family Chapter 52 Summary

Alex Haley

Chapter 52 Summary

Every day, after work is done but before supper, Kunta Kinte retreats to his cabin to say his evening prayers to Allah and to practice writing in Arabic on the dirt floor. He thinks of Fiddler in a similar way as he thought of a wandering musician or a storytelling griot back in Africa. Everyone in the village would gather around to listen there, too. In this way, Kunta rationalized his new companionship with the older black slave of the plantation. Because of the importance of Kunta’s prayer and study, “it seemed to him he could remain himself without having to remain by himself.”

Kunta creates an interesting, albeit simple, way of recording the passage of time. He would drop a small stone into a dried...

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