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Homegoing

por Yaa Gyasi

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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)
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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 .

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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 |
Fantastic! I read this very quickly and the "African chapters" were particularly well written.
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
Probably 2.5 stars. Many people loved this book, but not me. The book's strength was a history of Ghana, following what I think were two families, but there is the problem. Each chapter of Homegoing introduces a new character, typically a descendant of a prior character but you were often left wondering which one. A family tree would add tremendously to the book or chapters names that instead of names were followed by son of X, grandson of Y. Reading this book is akin to reading a collection of short stories, most of which lack a complete story arc. The book lacked cohesion, and often felt like a series of 20-page short stories. With so many characters as we travel through generations, the reader does not get connected to them or if they do, want more than they get. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Not sure what I think about this book. An easy read and nice to have genealogical chart to refer to when starting a new chapter. Characters were somewhat intriguing but not fully drawn, probably because of the book's structure. Some of the story lines were rehashed from other books ie "Twelve Years a Slave". All families have horrors they faced somewhere along the line. Blame seemed larger than guilt. ( )
  SusanWallace | Jul 10, 2021 |
This is not an easy read, but it is an amazing one. In the first chapter a village girl in the Gold Coast becomes the concubine to the governor. In the second chapter we discover that her half sister is in the dungeons of the Castle, literally right underneath her sister, waiting to be shipped to America. The next two chapters are about their children, the next two are about their grandchildren, etc. Each pair of chapters focuses on one person of that generation, one in Ghana and one in America following the paths of the two branches of the family, and how they were impacted by the historical events around them. They did not live easy lives, but it is a moving and powerful story. ( )
  Tarawyn | Jul 7, 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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