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A Particular Kind of Black Man

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A stunning debut novel, from Rhodes Scholar and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Tope Folarin about a Nigerian family living in Utah and their uncomfortable assimilation to American life.

Living in small-town Utah has always been an uneasy fit for Tunde Akinola’s family, especially for his Nigeria-born parents. Though Tunde speaks English with a Midwestern accent, he can’t escape the children who rub his skin and ask why the black won’t come off. As he struggles to fit in and find his place in the world, he finds little solace from his parents who are grappling with their own issues.

Tunde’s father, ever the optimist, works tirelessly chasing his American dream while his wife, lonely in Utah without family and friends, sinks deeper into schizophrenia. Then one otherwise-ordinary morning, Tunde’s mother wakes him with a hug, bundles him and his baby brother into the car, and takes them away from the only home they’ve ever known.

But running away doesn’t bring her, or her children, any relief from the demons that plague her; once Tunde’s father tracks them down, she flees to Nigeria, and Tunde never feels at home again. He spends the rest of his childhood and young adulthood searching for connection — to the wary stepmother and stepbrothers he gains when his father remarries; to the Utah residents who mock his father’s accent; to evangelical religion; to his Texas middle school’s crowd of African-Americans; to the fraternity brothers of his historically black college. In so doing, he discovers something that sends him on a journey away from everything he has known.

Sweeping, stirring, and perspective-shifting, A Particular Kind of Black Man is a beautiful and poignant exploration of the meaning of memory, manhood, home, and identity as seen through the eyes of a first-generation Nigerian-American.
Genre
Literatuur & Romans
Aantal pagina’s
272
Uitgeverij
Simon & Schuster US
Laatste editie
06 augustus 2019
ISBN
9781501171819
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Tunde met de stem Prentice Onayemi: heerlijk!

door: Ellen IJzerman (prowisorio) 1 like
Prima debuut, dat mij heel in de verte wat deed denken aan Americanah van Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, hoewel het vrouwelijke perspectief vrijwel ontbreekt. Ja, er zijn vrouwen, nee, je krijgt niet goed mee wat hun motivatie/oorzaak van hun gedrag is. Niet erg, want dat is ook niet de bedoeling van...
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