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Homegoing de Yaa Gyasi
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Homegoing (edició 2017)

de Yaa Gyasi (Autor)

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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"--… (més)
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Títol:Homegoing
Autors:Yaa Gyasi (Autor)
Informació:Vintage (2017), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
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From the very start this book had me reeled in. Gyasi tells a tale that spans generations, starting with sisters born on the Gold Cost of Africa, now known as Ghana. The sister's,though having the same mother, never know each other. Effi grows up to be married off to one of the British Slave Traders and Esi becomes a slave and ends up in the American South.

The book is broken down into sections, where the story is told, alternating families, by the next generation. For a book that is barely 300 hundred pages long, it packs a lot of history, covering tribal warfare, slave traders, the American south and the great migration after the Civil War.

This was a 5 star read for me, until the very last*Heavy Sigh*-Did it deserve a cut of one full star because of stupid, stupid endingyep! Other's may not think so, but I spent all afternoon mulling it over-4 stars it is
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  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
I really really wanted to enjoy this book, especially since it was based around a genealogical family tree and I love genealogy!! Sadly however, I found the chapters to be disjointed. Just a whole lot of stories being told down the decades and centuries but not a lot holding them together.

To be honest, this is nothing but a collection of short stories.

When I compare this novel to a James Michener novel, there is no continuity between the chapters. Mainly because each chapter pretty much happened to a different person from the last chapter and also in a different location from the last chapter. In a James Michener novel, the family may have grown down through the centuries, but they did at least stay in one place which gave me some continuity!!

And as much as I love genealogy, the constant switching back and forth between the two lines of descent, was also offputting. At the start of every chapter, I had to refer back to the family tree to pick up the storyline for that family.

I think for me, this story might have flowed better if all the stories from one family had been placed together in a part one and all the stories from the second family in a part 2 - and the part 3 would be when the last 2 descendents from each side met up. I can't be sure of this, but I think if the story had been written that way, I MIGHT have gained more continuity and thus more enjoyment. .

Investing in the characters - that's the phrase I am looking for .

With each new chapter we get a new character and usually a new location. We are unable to invest our emotions into just one character or one place - which is what I need to give me continuity!!

By the time I got to part 2 (after the US Civil War) I had lost interest in this book, because there was no continuity. I stopped looking back at the family tree. I no longer cared who was who. I chose to keep reading just to see how this ends. It took me 3 days!!!

And even in the end Marcus and Marjorie, who are 7th cousins if the family tree is accurate, meet up and both go back to visit Ghana. But then that story ends. There is no finale. Just the end of the last short story.

I really wish I could have liked this book. The actual writing style itself was great. It is the alternating chapters and the lack of closure for each person that I did not like.

I read this for the BYL 2021 Challenge.

Edited to add - That's what I was missing!! The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. I loved that book because it is all about ONE person. So different from Homegoing which was about too many characters and no real continuity between them. In this review, I compared Homegoing to James Michener. I should have compared it to The Book of Negroes. ( )
  Robloz | Sep 23, 2021 |
This novel was heart-wrenching and beautifully written. ( )
  katethegreat44 | Sep 21, 2021 |
I've long been interested in genealogy and recently started thinking about writing a book pulling together stories of my ancestors. I've also been interested in the history of African-Americans.

Gyasi combines both of these in a powerful historical novel, tracing the descendants of a woman in Ghana. The story explores the interaction between tribes in Ghana, the white man, the slave trade, slavery in America, and experiences of African Americans after slavery.

The story flows together very nicely, and is a book I recommend to my friends. I am also interested in how it fits together with other books I've read recently, those by James Baldwin, Colson Whitehead, and Resmaa Menakem ( )
  Aldon.Hynes | Sep 14, 2021 |
Homegoing
Two half sisters, who never meet, spend a period of time together in the same gold coast castle: Effia, a local village girl married to a white slave trader, and Esi, a captured slave living below her in the dungeons, preparing to be shipped out as part of the transatlantic slave trade. From this beginning, Yaa Gyasi outlines generations of their descendants and provides for the readers wonderfully and tragically told accounts in alternating chapters of the plight of both sides. One family remains in Ghana battling through the rival conflicts and fighting to be free from colonialism. The other describes an American slave story from cotton picking in Alabama to the fugitive slave act in Baltimore, the Jazz age in Harlem. Each character is given between 20 and 30 pages to tell their story. Some readers may be disconcerted by the brevity of the character development but as the author describes in an interview, she wanted history to be considered a character as well.
"We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history you must always ask yourself who’s story am I missing. “
This quote told by the teacher, Yaw, to his students is precisely what this novel does. I have also read Gyasi's second novel, Transcendent Kingdom, and look forward to her continued success. Highly recommend .

Lines:
She was too dark to sing at the Jazzing. That’s what they told her the night she came in ready to audition. A very slender and tall man put a paper bag up to her cheek.
Too dark he said. “

Harlem and heroin. Heroin and Harlem. Sonny could no longer think of one without thinking of the other. They sounded alike. Both were going to kill him. The junkies and the jazz had gone together, fed each other, and now every time Sonny heard a horn, he wanted a hit”

“The look Josephine sent Willie hurt Sonny more than anything she had said to him yet. It was a look that asked if Willie would her children be safe left alone with him, and the uncertain nod Willie gave back just about broke Sonny's heart. ( )
  novelcommentary | Jul 26, 2021 |
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We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history, you must always ask yourself, Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth. Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. From there, you begin to get a clearer, yet still imperfect picture.
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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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