The Prophets is a brilliant piece of writing. Robert Jones, Jr., slowly unwind the story, set  on a plantation in the pre-Civil War south. The narrative is to a great extent in third person. Each section focusing on different character, constructing a rich understanding of the worlds each character occupies. Since the sections focus around various characters, readers experience overlapping adaptations of occasions. Which would not be possible with a more restricted story centre.


The characters of “The Prophets” are slaves, and the detail with which Jones investigates their inward and external universe. Which brings out the every day reality and cruelty of slavery more strikingly than some other books I have read. In The Prophets, Jones explores gay relationships, both in the African country and on the plantation. The focal activity of the novel is the battle of Samuel and Izaiah. Both share duty regarding caring for the animals on the plantation, who sleep in the barn. Also they love each other both profoundly and, few times, uneasily.

I do not have definite information on the time span, or of life in Africa before the slave exchange with Europe and America. So I am unable to decide the accuracy of Jones, Depiction of the way of life, connections, and points of view Jones portrays. However, I can say that I was absolutely convinced by his depictions. At the point when you arrive at the finish of The Prophets, take your time to read his extensive acknowledgements section. His thanks reach out from friends and family members to embrace a world of performers, activists, authors, educators, and artists. Every one of whom he credits with encouraging him become the man and author he is. However, by recognizing these numerous figures, living and dead.

Jones shows the significance of community in the improvement of the individual. Especially for somebody battling to empower himself and his community in the face of ongoing oppression. The acknowledgements can likewise fill in as a magnificent ground for exploring artists and readers might need to become familiar with. Although this book came in the beginning of January, I am totally convinced that it will stay on my this year’s best books, when we arrive at December. The prophets is the kind of book I will be rereading soon. Mainly because I know, my first reading of The Prophets has just started to get a handle on the richness of all that Jones presents.

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