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Homegoing de Yaa Gyasi
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Homegoing (edição: 2017)

de Yaa Gyasi (Autore)

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"Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and--with outstanding economy and force--captures the troubled spirit of our own nation"--… (mais)
Membro:Sicilienne
Título:Homegoing
Autores:Yaa Gyasi (Autore)
Informação:Penguin (2017), 320 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
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Etiquetas:black history, fiction, Africa, America

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Homegoing de Yaa Gyasi

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This is historical fiction set on the Gold Coast of Africa and in America. It goes from early slave trading to now. Each chapter focuses on the story of a different person following 2 families.

The first chapter is about one particular young woman, who stayed in what would later be called Ghana. The second chapter is another young woman from the same area, different village, who was sold and shipped to America. The third chapter is the child of the first woman. The 4th chapter is the child of the slave. And so on through the years.

There is a lot of pain. And some happiness. Kinda like life.

If you listen to the audiobook, you will enjoy the narrator. He does an excellent job with lightly accenting the characters. Not so much that they are caricatured. But, enough to hear the voices of the people he is reading. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
Though they have never met, sisters Effia and Esi live in 18th-century Ghana in western Africa, at the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. One of them will marry a high-ranking British official, while the other will be captured, sold and thrust into a brutal and inhumane life of bondage. This engaging and stirring family saga follows generations of their descendants — though hardship and heartbreak, joy and triumph.

This novel was both amazing and achingly disturbing. It paints a clear picture of how real human lives, not to mention entire cultures, were irrevocably altered and devastated by slavery and colonialism. It places humanity, names and faces onto people who lived so long go and whose fates were so similar that they are otherwise rendered collectively anonymous today. Highly recommended. ( )
  ryner | Apr 26, 2021 |
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, is one of the most skilled and beautiful works of historical fiction I've ever read. Particularly I liked the ending of the book, which I will not spoil. It is difficult to find writers who can really finish a story well. They must look back as well as forward; they need to swell the finale with the thematic elements of the book, and a writer must have the mastery to work magic in the heart of the reader so that they will wish to return to the story, or to the author's other stories, to see that mystical power wrought again. To do such a thing in one's first novel is a rare ability, and I am filled with something more vivid than respect, that something unnameable that bibliophiles spend their reading lives in search of.

The novel Homegoing stretches through history from the arrival of the first slavers to Ghana, then the Gold Coast, and ends in the 1980s, Ghana now a free country and the descendants of Ghanian slaves now free people wishing to connect to their ancestors in hopes of understanding the past and the future of Black people in America. Gyasi tells many stories to span that two hundred years. The reader is shown the Asante people of Africa; misused and horribly abused slaves; Black men and women moving North for freedom; the long struggles of poverty, imprisonment, drug abuse, and the redemption that love, family, faith, tenacity, and hard work bring to those wishing for better lives.

It is a fine, fine book. I will get a physical copy of it to stand on the shelves with other of my favourite novels, those ones, which like this book, have sparked something vital in me and wrought change in me. ( )
  ahef1963 | Apr 19, 2021 |
I wanted to spend more time with some of the characters from the opening chapters, so for me it started out stronger than it ended but I appreciate the way it wove a thread across the generations. I read this, coincidentally, as a literary companion piece to Ava DurVernay's excellent Netflix documentary "13th". I highly recommend both. Watch, read and contemplate. ( )
  madcurrin | Apr 17, 2021 |
Oh my god, this book was so good. Heartbreaking, hopeful, encouraging, thought-provoking.

I cannot review this book in a way that gives it justice. I recommend reading a zillion other, well-written reviews. Just, read it. That's all. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
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"Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and--with outstanding economy and force--captures the troubled spirit of our own nation"--

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