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EBOOK / PDF [Behold the Dreamers]


  • Paperback
  • 400
  • Behold the Dreamers
  • Imbolo Mbue
  • English
  • 13 June 2018
  • 9780525509714

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Read Behold the Dreamers Behold the Dreamers Review ¾ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Imbolo Mbue Õ 2 Characters Jende Jonga a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself his wife Neni and their six year old son In the fall of 2007 Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards a senior executive at Lehman Brothers Clark demands punctuality. You think I don t want to remain in America too You think I came to America so that I can leave I work as a servant to people driving them all over the whole day sometimes the whole week answering yes sir yes madam bowing down even to a little child For what Neni What pride are you talking about I lower myself than many men would ever lower themselves What do you think I do it for For you for me Because I want us to say in America But if America says they don t want us in their country you think I m going to keep on begging them for the rest of my lifeNever Not for one day Imbolo Mbue s Behold the Dreamers had its highs and lows I d like to first say that I love that Mbue is a native of Limbe Cameroon Rather than telling a story from hearsay and secondhand experiences she was able to paint a realistic portrait of a modern day Cameroonian family The inflection in their tone and dialogue their traditions they all came through brilliantly here Yet this unfortunately wasn t enough for me to give this one high praise Behold the Dreamers was a wonderful title for a work that told a story of exactly that a family with dreams in their eyes and a determination to fight for a good life in America the Great The writing was simple particularly for the first large chunk 40% or so It was as simple as a burlap sack and it was a bit too rudimentary to really pull me in It definitely DID NOT strike me as literary fiction which some have labeled it as On the other hand I will say that it was culturally enlightening to read about the traditions of the Cameroonians to recognize the cadence in their voices as different from those of their American counterparts That dialogue between the immigrants read jauntily authentically than any of the other dialogue in this novel the only thing that seemed dazzlingly organic and that was a let down for me There were assuming plot leaps that lurched the timeline forward in a way that made me feel I d missed something where I as a reader missed the growth of the characters and how their bonds with one another grew or were sullied and that made the read less enthralling It made me invest less in it This wasn t like plot twists that kept you guessing this isn t some mystery or thriller but major life decisions that the reader had no warning were even possible even a thought process in the characters minds that just tumbled into the plot That to me was a sure sign of the author s inability to weave a plot with finesse It felt like I was on a bumpy car trip feeling every pothole and speed bump Definitely not a luxury car ride And then there was the fact that it took way too long for any meaningful action to transpire This novel was set on the backdrop of the collapse of the housing bubble the protagonist s employer worked in a high up position and Lehman Bros but I literally didn t even notice that this was part of the plot until after I finished reading it It was stated yes but it wasn t made an integral enough part of the plot to make me feel the tension By the time I looked at my counter to see that I was over 40% of the way through this novel I was shocked at how little I was invested in the characters at how much valuable space had gone to waste in telling the story thus far There was a high point where the action picked up and it looked like character evolution would take place like Neni would fight the traditions of her upbringing and stand on her own like she would go to bat and battle her hardest for her dreams which is what she came to America to do But then I landed with a heavy flop at that ending and literally said to myself Oh I d better not turn this page for this to be it Literally imagine me sitting at my computer finger poised over the right arrow saying Oh this had better not be it only to find that when I did turn the page that was it view spoilerWithout totally spoiling the plot for anyone I ll say that this one ended with the characters not having fully transformed A cliche bow tie ending it was not but it was still a deeply unsatisfying way to go out my goodness hide spoiler His Mistletoe Bride executive at Lehman Brothers Clark demands punctuality. 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Behold the Dreamers

Read Behold the Dreamers Behold the Dreamers Review ¾ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Imbolo Mbue Õ 2 Characters Discretion and loyalty and Jende is eager to please Clark’s wife Cindy even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons With these opportunities Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future However the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secr. Sometimes a novel arrives at just the right momentHere we are in a crater of xenophobia One of our presidential candidates is foaming at the mouth about extreme vetting for immigrants But then along comes Behold the Dreamers a debut novel by a young woman from Cameroon that illuminates the immigrant experience in America with the tenderhearted wisdom so lacking in our political discourse While another author might have played that imperative title sarcastically for Imbolo Mbue Behold the Dreamers is a kind of angelic annunciation of hope which ultimately makes her story even poignantAfter a childhood of extreme poverty Mbue came to this country in 1998 recent enough to retain the optimism of an immigrant but long enough to understand our national schizophrenia about foreigners Her novel is about a family from Cameroon living in Harlem on the eve of striking disruption The United States is about to elect its first black president and descend into the Great Recession But Jende Jonga the hero of this tale has his mind set on only one thing becoming a chauffeur for Clark Edwards a hotshot Lehman Brothers executive Jende and his wife Neni have been preparing for the interview for days They ve spent hours googling the one uestion they ask at every job interview With the help of a volunteer at the library they ve written up a r sum that describes Jende as a man of grand accomplishments farmer street cleaner To read the rest of this review go to The Washington Posthttpswwwwashingtonpostcomentert To watch my interview with Imbolo Mbue at The Washington Post click herehttpswwwfacebookcompoststylevi

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Read Behold the Dreamers Behold the Dreamers Review ¾ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Imbolo Mbue Õ 2 Characters Ets and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job even as their marriage threatens to fall apart As all four lives are dramatically upended Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choi. 35 I went back and forth trying to decide whether or not I liked any of these characters except form the young children of course who were victims of circumstances they could not control Was pretty sure I liked Jende for most of the book until he did something I abhorred Nein too does something out of desperation but I did not much like her for it The Edwards Cindy and Clark were pretty much representative of the privileged culture or at least how they are usually portrayed I did eventually sympathize with them all for various reasons and in the end that didn t matter to me so much as the story If it shows nothing else it definitely showed the disconnect between immigrants the privileged and even those who were born here So a worthy and timely read especially here in the USA where one of our presidential nominees is running on a platform of fear hatred and bigotry This book shows how tenuous the hold on their lives are for some Lawyer fees trying to get papers to stay in this country work toward a better for themselves and their families The author set this just before the collapse of our economy in 2008 and in fact Clark Edward works for Lehman Brothers as an executive as he loses his job his marriage disintegrates as does the future of Jende s family Jobs are now scarce college educated people willing to take the jobs the immigrants once occupied So many lost their houses and their livelihoods I enjoyed reading about the difference in their lives between New York living in Harlem and Cameroon where they are from The ending surprised me somewhat well I didn t expect the direction it took But for this family it made sense This novel is not perfect and like most probably doesn t reflect all but it does give the reader an inside view of one such immigrant family A well told and thought out story this the author s first ARC from publisher


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    EBOOK / PDF [Behold the Dreamers] Sometimes a novel arrives at just the right momentHere we are in a crater of xenophobia One of our presidential candidates is foaming at the mouth about “extreme vetting” for immigrants But then along comes “Behold the Dreamers” a debut novel by a young woman from Cameroon that illuminates the immigrant experience in America with the tenderhearted wisdom so lacking in our political discourse While another author might hav

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    EBOOK / PDF [Behold the Dreamers] 35 I went back and forth trying to decide whether or not I liked any of these characters except form the young children of course who were victims of circumstances they could not control Was pretty sure I liked Jende for most of the book until he did something I abhorred Nein too does something out of desperation but I did not much like her for it The Edwards Cindy and Clark were pretty much representative of the privileged culture or at

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    EBOOK / PDF [Behold the Dreamers] It genuinely surprises me that so many of my friends here on Goodreads seem to have been rather lukewarm on this book because Behold the Dream

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    EBOOK / PDF [Behold the Dreamers] 3 stars There were many things I liked about Behold the Dreamer but in significant ways it ended up feeling like a missed opportunity Imbolo Mbue tells the story of married couple Jende and Nemi who have moved from Cameroon to New York City to pursue their dream of a better life in America The story is told from their alte

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    EBOOK / PDF [Behold the Dreamers] Thank you to my friend Lisi who gave me a dozen books that she herself hadn’t read but were on my TBR list on Goodreads The books came with ‘red dots’ on the binding She only wants the red dots book back if I’m ‘sure’ she will love it YES LISI “you’ll love this bookI’ve read other books about T

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