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Thank you to my friend Lisi who gave me a ozen books that she herself hadn t read but were on my TBR list on Goodreads The books came with red Talking Cures and Placebo Effects dots on the binding S 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 theirream of a better life in America The story is told from their alternating points of view Jende works as a chauffeur for a high finance guy who works on Wall Street in 2008 at the time of the financial collapse and Nemi works odd jobs and goes to college hoping ultimately to become a pharmacist The set up is really good and Jende and Nemi are strong multi Bulls and Burglars dimmensional characters Mbue conveys a strong sense of the Cameroon they left what led them to leave their home their continuous financial struggle to live in New York and the precariousness of their attempt to gain legal status in the US But there were many ways in which the story lacks theepth its set up promised Most notably much of the story is taken up with the relationship Jende and Nemi Rambles Around Folkestone: And Other Special Articles (Classic Reprint) develop with Jende s employer and his family and that aspect of the story felt overlyramatic cartoonish and ultimately a bit too sentimental While Jende and Nemi are rich characters when they The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel deal with each other and other members of the Cameroon community in New York they seemed to loseimension when ealing with this wealthy Manhattan family and the family itself felt like it was composed of types rather than real people I felt that Mbue could have one so much with the ynamics in the relationships between these characters Having said that the strengths of Mbue s first novel are sufficient to make me want to read her next novel Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy 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 Dreamers was a thoroughly engrossing powerful emotional experience for meThis is the story of a family who has emigrated from Cameroon Jende and Neni Jonga along with their young son come to New York in 2007 in search of the American Dream She enrolls in college with the expectation that she can eventually become a pharmacist he secures a job as the chauffeur for Clark Edwards a senior executive at Lehman Brothers This position gives him a uniue view of the Edwards family themselves a very fractured take on the American Dream Lehman brothers is teetering on the brink and the stress is weighing heavily not just on Clark but also on his wife Cindy and their two sons would be hippie twentysomething Vince and wide eyed nine year old Mighty Jende is privy to much of that stress and he has to try to keep it from reaching into his own family whose status in this country is far from certainImbolo Mbue tells her story from the perspectives of both Jende and Neni though it s not a strictly alternating POV kind of book Mbue captures these two voices brilliantly illustrating the hope and the fear the idealism #and the naivet that comes with being an immigrant in America at the outset of the #the naivet that comes with being an immigrant in America at the outset of the Recession I was so completely invested in these two that my heart was in my throat for much of the book The Edwards family sometimes feel like a bit of a clich portrayal of upper class white privilege but it still seems clear that Mbue holds a lot of empathy for themThough it s set in the last Officer Buckle and Gloria decade this book holds uite a bit of pertinence in 2016 Immigration remains a huge topic in the US right now and there s huge swathes of xenophobia all over our country Knowing how hard it is to start a new life in America it s sometimes hard for me to imagine why someone might want to especially people of color Mbue offers a reminder that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking highlighting the sacrifices and the impossible oftenesperate Antolog�a Patri�tica decisions that immigrants are faced with Mbue really forced me to walk around in the shoes of her characters and think about what it must be like to be in their position It was a really intense experience for me I got to the last fifty pages and I couldn t stop sobbing So maybe I m alone here but I absolutely adored this book 35 I went back and forth trying toecide whether or not I liked any of these characters except form the young children of course who
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But I Did NotI id not 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 Chosen by the Lieutenant did eventually sympathize with them all for various reasons and in the end thatidn t matter to me so much as the story If it shows nothing else it What Is Madness? definitely showed theisconnect 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 This Pagan Heaven disintegrates asoes 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 Paladin's Redemption difference in their lives between New York living in Harlem and Cameroon where they are from The ending surprised me somewhat well Iidn t expect the Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body direction it took But for this family it made sense This novel is not perfect and like most pr. 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 Clarkemands punctuality. ,
Obably Bach Flower Therapy: Theory and Practice doesn t reflect all but itoes 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 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 Dreamsnake debut novel by a young woman from Cameroon that illuminates the immigrant experience in America with the tenderhearted wisdom so lacking in our politicaliscourse 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 The North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied: April–September 1833 disruption The United States is about to elect its first black president andescend 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 Silence 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 thatescribes 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 Different things are important to Dr. Koto Vol. 9 different peopleBehold the Dreamers captured me from the very first chapter I was actually planning on picking this up closer to its releaseate but Sworn Sword: A Free Preview decided at the last minute to just read a line or two to see if it would work in my favor or not And wowid it impress for the first halfThis tells the tale of a family of three living in Harlem New York Jende Jonga a Cameroonian immigrant has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself his wife Neni and their six year old son As often as she could she sat in the library to Armagnac: The Definitive Guide To France's Premier Brandy do her homework or went to office hours to hound professors for advice on what she needed too to get better grades so she could get into a great pharmacy school She was going to make herself proud make Jende proud of his wife make Liomi proud of his mother She Modern French Culinary Art -The Pellaprat of the 20th Century d waited too long to become something and now at thirty three she finally had or was close enough to having everything she s ever wanted in life It s really been a while since a book made me think just one chapter But Imbolo Mbue weaved together such an intricate story that I was left feeling truly attached to this familyI was rooting for Nini whenever we got to read snippets of her studying I felt truly inspired to start studying myself after finishing the book And I just have so much admiration for heretermination I think I highlighted one too many parts of this book because of it And fun fact we both hate the #SMELL OF COFFEEIT ALSO DISCUSSED THE TOPIC OF IMMIGRATION #of coffeeIt also Kamus Bahasa Indonesia discussed the topic of immigration a really eye opening way Listen to me Bubakar said somewhat impatiently As far as Immigration is concerned there are many things that are illegal and many that are gray and by gray I mean the things that are illegal but which the governmentoesn t want to spend time worrying about You understand me abi My advice to someone like you is to always stay close to the gray area and keep yourself and your family safe Stay away from any place where you run into police that s the advice I give to you and to all the young black men in this country The police is for the protection of white people my brother Maybe black women and black children sometimes but not black men Never black men Black men and police are palm oil and water And not only immigration but a lot of topics were handled so well I felt like the author took everything I idn t know how to articulate and put it on paper And those types of books the kind that open up your heart and educate you will stay with me for
a long timeBut circling back to the plot of this story Jende can hardly believelong timeBut circling back to the plot of this story Jende can hardly believe luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards a senior executive at Lehman BrothersEverything is seemingly going okay for the Jongas Jende s immigration court ate seems to be years from now Neni is acing her precalculus finals thanks to the help of her instructor and Liomi is oing well in his classesBut then the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers And Jende and Neni have to stay
Strong In Order To Keepin order to keep family together Please let s not think like that Neni said You have a job for now eh As long as we have Mr Edwards we have a job Are we not better off today than all those people walking out of Lehman Look at them I just feel so sorry for them But then we on t know what s on the road coming for us too We just Cabal don t know So let s only be happy that today we were spared They continuously encourage each other to be hopeful to believe that they would oneay realize the Standby Nurse dream of becoming Americans But everything was about to change one way or another for everyone in this countrySo as great as those 100 200 first pages were the ending really really bothered me I hated how horrendous Jende s actions were and was even appalled when he acted as if nothing out of the ordinary happened Justhis sudden change of character towards the endidn t sit well with meAnd Neni s hate towards other girls threw me out of the story as well Cindy s things she planned to reserve for special occasions She would wear them to weddings and anniversaries to show those girls that even though she had returned home and was living among them she was not one of them she was now a woman 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. .