An excellent book! The voice acting on the audio version is SUPERB!! The story is of a family from Africa trying to make it in New York during the economic crisis of 2008. It's well-written with dynamic characters; the author illuminates the struggles of not only illegal "aliens" but also legal immigrants and native-born-Americans. Unfortunately it begins to drag at the end, but a worthwhile read!
The Jongas came to America to find a better life for themselves but can they work their way into the American dream? Or will it be a case of #dontdreamitsover as they are hit by circumstances beyond their control?
I read an article today that suggests replacing The Great Gatsby with Behold the Dreamers in the classroom.
This follows the lives of the Jongas, immigrants from Cameroon, trying to live out the promise of the American Dream. A secondary story of the Edwardses, the family of a Wall Street exec, highlights the pitfalls of striving. The Jonga husband/wife disagree about America vs Cameroon, staying vs going, & the best future for their children. It explores what it means to be happy, what it takes to be home, & what it is to dream of better.
Behold the Dreamers shares an interesting take on the immigrant experience. I envision that most immigrant stories begin similar to this. It was truly fascinating to see the Jongas story unfold from which Jende was desperate to stay and do everything to stay in America before leaving defeatedly back to his home of Limbe, Cameroon. Sometimes home is better and you need frustrating situations to prove it you.
#botm has had many good immigrant stories over the years. My favorite was Behold the Dreamers. I wish it weren‘t packed away in storage like ¾ of my books!! ??♀️??♀️ It‘s a rare time I‘ve agreed with Oprah!!
⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh my god ! What an emotional & amazing story. I love how personal she made this book .. beauty & depth & despair in the everyday & the big moments in a life.
I hope Imbolo Mbue writes another book soon.
Thanks fo much Jessica @jhod for this beautiful gift. Have you read it ?! If not , I couldn‘t recommend it enough. ♥️💔
#MayMovieMagic Still reading & loving this free-flowing book , what a storyteller ... it just flows & flows , no need to stop reading ♥️. Behold the #YoungAndBeautiful .... #BeholdTheDreamers
Halfway through on this timely reminder of what immigrants face (and of the ridiculousness of our financial “system”)...I‘m stressed about driving on an expired vehicle registration through a combo of personal fault and DMV bureaucratic ineptitude. But I‘ll just get a fixit ticket, not deported to Limbe! Can‘t imagine the fead and stress.
#MayMovieMagic I have been finding it hard to settle in a book, BUT maybe this will be the one - It‘s NY 2007 and Jende ( whose wife & son are now with him from Cameroon) , Jende has now landed a good job #Behindthewheel as a chauffeur for a Lehman Brothers executive.. things are looking up .. I‘m enjoying the writing & feel a good story coming on ... With good characters...
So we‘re having King‘s night in Holland (using our King‘s birthday as an excuse to drink and dance in the streets all night) and upon coming home (tired, I‘m way beyond eighteen 😂) I find this parcel from Cindy! You have no idea how much this means to me! The books, which I‘ve been wanting to read, the fact they are #BOTM editions (I now have four, thanks to you. In Europe I‘m sure that‘s many!) and the card. Thank you so much my friend 💜💕
1. Behold the Dreamers and From the corner of the oval on audio
2. No plans at all today or tomorrow. Easter Sunday we are visiting both sets of parents.
3. Not really but I will eat them if there‘s enough salt on them.
4. Hmmm... I guess it would depend on the story.. Micah?
5. I will! 💗 @howjessreads #friyayintro
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Incredibly bittersweet story of two families: the Jongas, immigrants from Cameroon surviving in New York City while struggling to obtain legalization papers, and the Edwards', members of the elite who employ Jende Jonga as a chauffeur. The characters in this story are unforgettable.
Hi Jessica! The postman came twice today .. and I also received this book from you. I‘ve been dying to read this one for ages ....Thankyou so much 😘. I think you are on the reading retreat this weekend too ... have a great old time! I‘d love to be joining ye X thanks Cathy.
This was a case of #blameitonlitsy . Still somewhere on my shelves, this book about family relationships, sacrifice and survival tells of a Cameroonian family as they immigrate to the United States.
Jende and Neni Jonga moved to the US to provide a better life for their two children than they had back home in Cameroon. I was knocked over by how much harder they had to work and live as immigrants for every single thing they earned than I likely ever will—still they felt extreme gratitude. The contrast between the Jonga family and their American employers is striking. We have so much here in America; the end was intensely emotional for me.
I read this book between Feb 16 & 23 and gave it 2 ⭐️. I really didn‘t like this book and felt it was such a let down. If anything the idea that the American Dream can corrupt is something that could have been done better but it‘s not. The writing is good but the characters become unlikeable and not much happens.
Thanks to @Mitch for the recommendation (and for finding it in her secret bargain bookshop in London during my bookshop crawl weekend)! I really enjoyed this story set in New York during the financial crash, and how what you say (and what you don‘t say) can have such an effect on your life and the lives of those around you. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
We‘re doing well- very restrained in fact... we‘re having cake in bookshop number 6 and admiring our purchases to date! #bookshopcrawl2019
This book was 50 level of fantastic and that‘s really all there is to say about it. 😍😍😍 https://talkbookswithme.home.blog/2019/01/30/behold-the-dreamers-5-5/ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Snowy day today! Decided to walk to the grocery store for a couple of items for a chicken tortilla soup. Realized, after shopping, I left my money at home. Walked back to the house, back to the store, back to the house. It‘s all good because my soup was THAT much better and my audiobook expires in 2 days. Now I‘m under 2 hours of listening time left 😂
This was *just* shy of a pick for me. While the writing was lovely, the story felt a bit bare bones and at times I was a bit bored. Had the story been a bit meatier, this would‘ve been a clear win. I‘m excited to see what the author does down the road (this is her debut), because I think she‘ll only get better and eventually produce something really special!
This was an incredible book. I loved the characters, the writing flowed beautifully, and the story kept me enthralled from beginning to end. It was at times heartbreaking, especially in light of what is going on in the world today (and the time period the story is set in), but it was also joyful and uplifting. It is a story of humanity, and it reminds us that we all struggle and we all want the best from life. Highly recommended!
#Whoops I missed two prompts, but it is back to #bizness today 👏
This book is all about money and business, both dirty and clean. How could a book set at Wall Street and among rich people be anything else? 💸💸