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Homegoing Effia and Esi two sisters with two very different destinies One sold into slavery one a slave trader s wife The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow Taking us fro

  • Title: Homegoing
  • Author: Yaa Gyasi
  • ISBN: 9780241242735
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • Homegoing By Yaa Gyasi, Effia and Esi two sisters with two very different destinies One sold into slavery one a slave trader s wife The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton picking plantations of Mississippi from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents anEffia and Esi two sisters with two very different destinies One sold into slavery one a slave trader s wife The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton picking plantations of Mississippi from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself.Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer penguin

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    1. What I know now, my son Evil begets evil It grows It transmutes, so that sometimes you cannot see that the evil in the world began as the evil in your own home 4 1 2 stars Homegoing is an incredible and horrific look at history, colonialism and slavery in Ghana and America, across 250 years How the author managed to create such rich characters, cover so much history, and tell such a complex, but compelling story in only 300 pages, I do not know.I recently said in my review of East of Eden that I [...]

    2. Homegoing is a very confident debut novel Exceptionally engaging and the strongest case for reparations and black rage I ve read in a long time Seriously, white men are the devil The most interesting part of this novel, the structure, also becomes the most frustrating part of the novel The story starts with two sisters who are never allowed to know each other, and what becomes of the generations they beget, starting in 18th century Ghana The novel beautifully explores the slave trade and imagine [...]

    3. I give 5 shining stars to Yaa Gyasi s Homegoing, the best debut novel I have read this year In this semi autobiographical tale, Gyasi follows the family histories of two half sisters, Effia the beauty and Esi to reveal how their families end up Each chapter is a vignette focusing on a family member in subsequent generations, alternating between Effia and Esi s families until we reach present day Here are their until now largely untold stories Effia the beauty had been raised by her step mother B [...]

    4. Read for Book Riot s 2017 Read Harder reading challenge 24 Read a book wherein all point of view characters are people of colorThe premise for this book is amazing Two sisters are separated at birth, and each alternating chapter follows a descendant of each sister Great, right My biggest issue was that this felt like a collection of short stories than a novel There s nothing wrong with that necessarily, but it just wasn t my cup of tea When I read a novel, I want to feel connected to the charac [...]

    5. Stunned, just absolutely stunned that this is a d but novel Spanning centuries and continents, the novel follows two families, one from the slave trading Fante nation and another from the Asante warrior nation, in the British colony that is now Ghana Stepsisters, who are unaware of each others existence, one will marry a white man, a British official who lives in the upper part of the Cape Coast Castle The other, in the lower dungeons of the same castle and sold as a slave, transported to the Am [...]

    6. This multigenerational epic has already gotten lots of attention, and it deserves every bit of it Gyasi s debut novel begins with two half sisters in 18th century Ghana, strangers to each other Effia marries a white man, and Esi is enslaved and taken to America The novel follows the children of these two women through the generations, alternating between Africa and America As we meet each new descendent, we see how the legacy of slavery plays out across history, both for the enslaved and for tho [...]

    7. congratulations semifinalist in best historical fiction category 2016 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 this is a shockingly good debut novel it s accurately classified as a nov [...]

    8. And so they waited Ness and Sam and Kojo, working longer and harder in the fields than any of the other slaves so that even the Devil began to smile at the mention of their names They waited out the fall and then winter, listening for the sound that would tell them it was time, praying that they wouldn t be sold and separated before their chance came Homegoing was one of the Fiction books nominated for best books of the year by members on It made the first round cut I m on a mission to read othe [...]

    9. My heart hurts and there is not enough Ben and Jerry s in this world to soothe it After reading Homegoing I am literally spent This is not a bad thing This is just a very sad novel Homegoing covers the mid 18th Century to present times It follows two different tribes in Ghana Fante and Asante , two different families, and specifically two half sisters, Effia and Esi and their offspring The sisters know nothing of each other Both sisters are living in Ghana One sister stays in Ghana and marries a [...]

    10. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Homegoing is a multi generational saga that follows the descendants of two half sisters, Effia and Esi, across three centuries, beginning in eighteenth century Ghana and arriving at the present day Each chapter of Homegoing introduces a new character, which means readers are subjected to endless amounts of backstory seamlessly integrated albeit wearisome In many cases, when a character s story reaches its ap [...]

    11. There are sometimes when you read a book, you finish it, close the book, and think to yourself, that was good Then, you simply and immediately pick up your next book and dive right in Not giving that original book another thought Then, there are those rare occasions where you read a book, finish it, simply close the book, and sit there stunned You think to yourself, what the heck do I read next, knowing the next book will not compare Knowing you can t get that original book out of your head and [...]

    12. Every moment has a precedent and comes from this other moment, that comes from this other moment, that comes from this other moment Yaa Gyasi26 year old Yaa Gyasi wrote this debut novel after visiting Ghana, her native country, 18 years after her family moved to the United States There to research a future novel, she visits Cape Coast Castle where slaves were kept in dungeons while awaiting transport to the new world The author stated in an interview that the castle visit gave her the impetus to [...]

    13. An absolutely stunning debut one of the best I ve read Yaa Gyasi captures so many stories and handles them beautifully We need novels like this And it s only her first I can t wait to see what she does next.

    14. When a book is as popular and praiseworthy as this one, it s easy to join the chorus justifying why It s much harder to come up with anything new to say I ll attempt the latter in a minute, but first here s a recap of what others have already said Young, debut author born in Ghana, brought up in Alabama writes a brilliant novel spanning multiple generations, putting faces on the African and African American experience The story begins with Effia the beauty who seemed destined to become a tribal [...]

    15. Since it is Black History Month in the UK, I thought I d re share my thoughts on this book I read it a few months ago and found myself slowly becoming enwrapped in this compelling generational story, which perfectly portrayed the evolution of the struggles of the black movement This is definitely a book you d want to read to familiarise yourself with their continuous battle, but to also recognise, honour and celebrate their often neglected achievements I just had to change my rating to a 5 stars [...]

    16. Homegoing is a journey of history Black history In this mesmerizing, breathtaking saga, a story of 2 tribes is told the Asante and Fante in the Gold Coast in the 18th century Two half sisters are born one to each tribe and unknown to each other Their lives go in polar directions with the white man determining their existence One sister is selected to marry a white man who negotiates slaves and lives in prosperity the other, is stolen and traded to live a life of hardship and heartbreak as a slav [...]

    17. 4.5 StarsCovering the Asante and Fante tribes from 18th Century to the present, Homegoing follows two different families, two half sisters, Effia and Esi and their offspring The sisters grow up knowing nothing of the other Both are given a black stone necklace, to be passed down to the next generation Both sisters are born in Ghana, spend their early years in Ghana, Esi is shipped to America as a slave Effia stays in Ghana and marries a British soldier who works in the slave trade, living in the [...]

    18. We believe the one who has power He is the one who gets to write the story So when you study history you must 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 get a clearer, yet still imperfect, picture I was a bit afraid to read this novel because of its hype as it seems that recently I do not fare well with overpraised novels I can safely say that I needn t have wo [...]

    19. He had always said that the joining of a man and a woman was also the joining of two families Ancestors, whole histories, came with the act, but so did sins and curses The children were the embodiment of that unity, and they bore the brunt of it all Homegoing is an astonishing and heartrending debut novel written by the undeniably talented Yaa Gyasi Truly epic in scope, the book covers a span of about three hundred years from the eighteenth century straight into the twentieth century Alternating [...]

    20. I know I said I wouldn t review here any but then I READ THAT BOOK and I have things to say so here s me being inconsistent okay Brace yourself, incoherent thoughts coming in 5 4 3 2 1I can t help writing about Homegoing for the simple reason that it is BRILLIANT I don t even know how many times I fell in love and got my heart broken but DAMN IT WAS WORTH IT.The truth is though, many readers won t read it, because of several excuses First off Homegoing deals with slavery, through an incredible f [...]

    21. Right now it feels as if it s torn my heart and soul apart reading this deeply emotional book It s been such a traumatic journey, and in addition to being profoundly moved by it all, I also feel both anger and shame at man s inhumanity to man.Homegoing tells the story of stepsisters, Effia and Esi, and it charts their lives and subsequent generations of their families from the 18th century onwards, but most importantly it s about the slave trade in all it s grim and sordid detail These sisters k [...]

    22. We believe the one who has power He is the one who gets to write the story So when you study history you must ask yourself, Whose story am I missing A literary DNA test of Homegoing would reveal it to be a direct descendant of Chinua Achebe s Things Fall Apart but whilst the latter is a pioneering attempt at a coherent English language novel that explores the sociopolitical impact of British colonialism on the Nigerian native, Ms Gyasi s book suffers under the weight of its own scope and, as the [...]

    23. Go read this book NOW.I don t care what you re doing or what you re reading You should have intense FOMO about this So much that you will stop what you re doing and get your hands on a copy ASAP.I don t throw around 5 stars often so you should take this as a huge get your ass to your library or bookstore and get a copy of this Take the day off Binge read the shit out of this book Then, experience that rare book hangover that makes you question everything, including hard facts you know about your [...]

    24. Talk about ending my reading year with a bang Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi blew me, and my expectations, away It was everything I could ever ask for in a book, and the stories will stick with me for the rest of my life The family is like the forest if you are outside it is dense if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position This is, hands down, the best family saga I ve ever read, and this is only Yaa Gyasi s debut novel In three hundred pages, Yaa Gyasi shows us seven generations in f [...]

    25. 4.5 Hard to believe this is a debut novel.This follows the families of two half sisters Effia and Esi in Ghana at the beginning of slavery in the eighteenth century Effia gets married to a Brit and her descendants for the most part stay in Ghana through brutal conditions Esi s descendants traded off to the American slave market and we follow them hereI never knew about the beginnings of slavery before this book So many memorable characters Very good, highly recommended.

    26. Because it coupled with a once in a lifetime trip into el mero corazon Azteca i.e Mexico, Distrito Federal affected me so much at just the correct time, Homegoing for me is THE BOOK OF THE YEAR It tackles huge themes the main and overpowering ingredient in all the realm of literature is this confidence on the auteurs part to handle fashion the ethereal with the verocity and insatiability of a killer shark Gyasi is the perennial literary Great White Shark less common this species is than the Grea [...]

    27. Great, well researched book spanning generations and brilliantly showing how a people s past influences their futures This was the first time I read anything that illustrated so vividly how Africans were complicit in the trans Atlantic slave trade I believe that s part of the reason that the mainstream critics love it I enjoyed the scenes in Africa even than the scenes in America although the chapters about how the Alabama penal system used wrongfully convicted convicts to work in the coal mine [...]

    28. An ancient humpbacked apothecary with a wildly rolling crazy eye stumps around with a serpent headed cane Watch out, this old woman has a predilection for spitting Although she cannot make impossible things come true, she can make the possible attainable Black magic, voodoo, bad juju One who dreams of a firewoman and another with a deathly fear of water From the Gold Coast and slave ships to Harlem s jazz joints and junkies, this is an exceptional novel of slavery and freedom, and all that they [...]

    29. So when you study history you must ask yourself, Whose story am I missing , Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth I ve always been slightly envious of people with a clear cut chronicle of their family history Mine is vague, messy, and most definitely lost Everything I know is half truth and speculation, and so many are dead My paternal grandmother, for example, died when my dad was a baby in a small mountain village in the middle of a war Of what Women s problems, my mot [...]

    30. I found reading Homegoing both thought provoking and frustrating at the same time The story is about two sisters, Effia and Esi, and their descendants, starting in the early 1760 s to the 1980 s Their lives take completely different paths with Effia marrying an Englishman in Ghana,and Esi being sold into slavery and shipped off to America.The writing in this debut novel was outstanding, and it does not take a person in the literary world to see that Gyasi has tremendous talent The characters and [...]

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