Book title: Homegoing

Name of Author: Yaa Gyasi

How you got to know about the book: A follower on twitter tweeted an excerpt from the book and it intrigued me.

Book genre: Historical / Cultural fiction

Number of pages: 305

What is the book is about:  The story is a tale of two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, who are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread follows Effia’s descendants and another follows Esi’s descendants and their travails in Ghana and America.

Why you like the book and how much: I really like the book and I enjoyed reading it.  I like it because from the first page it engaged and kept my interest up till last page. The writing style is simple enough to grab your attention yet intricate enough to keep your mind engaged and stimulated.

It’s a book that gives you an clear picture of how slavery started in West Africa and the complicity of Africa in the slave trade. The themes explored include family ties, cultural history and heritage, slavery,  racism and the still ongoing subjugation of blacks in America.  The book is a collection of stories inside a story that tug on your heartstrings while giving you a lesson in history amongst other things.

Rating: Platinum***** Gold**** Silver***Bronze** Brass*

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