You know those books where you’re like ‘everyone has to read this’ even before you’ve finished it. This is one of those books.
Released: 7th June 2016
Source: Booktubeathon giveaway from Penguin Platform
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.41
My Rating: 93/100 (5 Stars)
This begins with the story of two half-sisters; one is sold into slavery and shipped to America, the other is married to a British slaver in Africa. The book traces the generations that follow, leading us through two continents and 300 years.
Just 90 pages into this I knew it was going to be a phenomenal read.
Each chapter tells a new story and follows a new person, which allows it to cover a lot of different story lines and topics. As you went through time you saw the knew adversities and injustices black people faced. It covers so much ground which makes it not only a beautiful read but an educational one. It’s the perfect starting point if you’ve never learnt about slavery because it covers a lot of topics and quickly.
The format does mean that we just brush the surface with a lot of the stories and topics, it never really delves into their lives. However, I loved each and every character, they were so diverse and even in the short time we got with them you could see the complexity and depth of them. That takes skill and Gyasi did it well.
This is a future classic. I can just picture this book being read by school kids all around the world in years to come.
It defines diverse. It has black characters, white characters, multiracial characters, LGBT characters, characters with a disability, characters with a mental illness, African culture, abuse, drugs, slavery, police violence, bullying, love, family, religion and so much more. It’s a book for everyone.
Sometimes while reading a book for the first time I feel grateful that the author wrote it, this is one of those books. I am so grateful Yaa Gyasi wrote this book, I can’t wait to read more from her.
I’m so glad I read this book. I highly recommend you do to.
Thanks for reading