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 an...more
Effia ===> Quay ===> James ==> Ahena (sp?) ===> Akua ===> Yaw ==>Marjorie
Esi ===> Ness ===> Kojo =…moreI listened too, and had to write down as I listened:
Effia ===> Quay ===> James ==> Ahena (sp?) ===> Akua ===> Yaw ==>Marjorie
Esi ===> Ness ===> Kojo ===> H ===> Willie ===> Sonny ===> Marcus(less)
“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 ...more
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 im ...more
Effia the beauty had been raised by her step moth ...more
This novel, that reads like a collection of short stories, has the unique set up of each chapter following a different character's perspective, a new generation that follows on from its descendants - from Ghana to Harlem - that are often referred back to. It's structured like a family tree, where we follow it's branches down the line to its origin. The roots; which were - and still are - constantly destroyed due to slavery, colo ...more
congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' 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? ...more
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 ...more
"Homegoing" was one of the Fiction books nominated for best books of the year by members on Goodreads. It made the first round-cut. I'm on a m ...more
Why are five-star reviews so much harder to write than negative ones?!
All I want to do is say “This book is perfect. Read it. Bye.”
Anything more than that is just extraneous.
Okay, I do also want to say that this is such a beautiful and painful representation of how white America has stolen the stories of Black peop ...more
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 i ...more
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 a ...more
26- 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 ...more
» 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 ...more
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. Alter ...more
“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 ...more
I am too stubborn to quit, but I am not enjoying this. Not because it is dark, but because it offers only snapshots, brief glimpses of events and people.
This book is not for a reader who wants focus upon character portrayal. You start with two half-sisters. It is not about them, but about their many, many descendants. You get short glimpses, a patchwork of many, not an in-depth understanding of any. Confusing if you try to keep track in your head of the familial relationshi ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
Covering 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 ...more
I know I said I wouldn't review here anymore 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... 1...
I 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, ...more
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 more than the scenes in America although the chapters about how the Alabama penal system used wrongfully convicted convicts to work in the c ...more
“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 sev ...more
I don’t know how anyone could finish reading Homegoing and not find themselves changed afterwards. What a triumph of a debut from Yaa Gyasi. If there ever was a work of fiction that would be beneficial for American high school history students to read, this would be it.
Homegoing is as expansive as it is devastating. Following one divided family, Gyasi traces the lineage of two half-sisters as they diverge from the Fante & Asante nations to the United States an ...more
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 abo ...more
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