Format: Kindle Edition
I am giving this book 3 1/2 stars. This is the 3rd book I have read recently which spans several centuries and many generations of more than one family tree. Books written in this vein have too many characters to even keep track of or remember, let alone to get really involved with. There are many interesting stories and characters who would have been enough for one whole book dedicated to their story alone, but as soon as I got interested in their story, the author was off to a different character and place. I find I am just not able to get swept away by this style of multigenerational historical writing.
As others have mentioned, the first half or 2/3rds of the book are the most engaging. The rest of it pales in comparison.
This is written well enough and the subject matter is relevant and important but I think it was an overly ambitious concept that did not quite gel. Still, in all, there were enough good stories and enough important history that the book is worth reading for that alone.
My favorite quote from Homegoing is “We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So, when you study history, you must always ask yourself, whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth?”
In this book Yaa Gyasi is telling her story of the history of her people, and for this, I highly applaud her. And I do recommend this book.