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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

shilpad's review against another edition

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5.0

Eye opening

lindsaycatherinezoe's review against another edition

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4.0

A powerful story that illustrates that trans-generational trauma and impact of the slave trade. Her approach to writing a multi-generational family story is unlike any I've read before, as it reads like a series of linked short stories. The author does a masterful job developing unique characters in a matter of pages that connect you to their pain, decisions, and reality.

kateweimer90's review against another edition

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5.0

How apropos that one of the final concepts in Homegoing is the idea of books that you can feel inside of you, as that is just what Gyasi manages to do—weave a tapestry of 14 interconnected short stories which nestle their way inside readers' very souls. At least, that's how it felt for me. The stories are engaging, twisting, and generate so much empathy that it would be impossible to read them and not be moved on some level, particularly once they culminate into the final pages.

Along with an engaging narrative, there is an incredible amount of depth that Gyasi creates. As soon as I thought I understood the layers within Homegoing, another level of profundity would unfold. Most impressively, all of this is crafted without ever feeling overly complex or unnecessarily laborious. It's a triumph of a novel and one that should be required reading for all.

thessla's review against another edition

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challenging reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

ellaobaapa's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional informative reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

nshalla's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

nanikeeva's review against another edition

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4.0

excellent historical and intergenerational content, with insightful perspectives

moira21's review against another edition

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4.0

So much to say about this book, but in short it's incredibly engaging with moving characters and incredible prose.

I think Homegoing reads as a concise anthology of love, survival, and the complex ways in which people each find meaning in their being alive.  The beauty of Ngasi's structure is that there need not be one answer: instead, Ngasi presents many.  I could get so, SO in depth about how much I love her ability to write powerful and relevant historical fiction!  Overall though, what sticks with me in this novel is the tapestry of options Ngasi provides.  No one will have the same struggles, opportunities, or philosophies on how to best live.  This was not a monolith of a family tree with each character carrying the same morals and choices.  Instead, sons differed from mothers, daughters differed from fathers, and generations made the mistakes of those before them only to learn.  It was very refreshing to read an ambitious narrative that wonderfully mimicked the depth and inexplicable continuation of human lives.

Anyway, I felt touched by a lot of this novel... here are some themes that stood out to me the most:
-masculinity
-maternal/paternal love
-belonging
-generational trauma
-complicity
-definitions of strength vs. weakness
-love

feralbookwife's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional informative reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.75

Beautiful, immersive writing. A powerful story. 

oliviakelly24's review against another edition

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

5.0