8 journalers for this copy...
Wow, what a book! I tried to summarize it in different ways, but I always get back to just calling it "Black History". All of it... well, not all, but much more than I would have expected to fit in a book of only 300 pages. From the early days of slave trade in Africa, through different phases in the US and up to modern problems of segregated cities, all following the fate of two sisters and their descendants. Gripping, moving, cruel, bittersweet. Loved it!
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Großefehn, Niedersachsen Germany on Friday, April 06, 2018
Released 2 yrs ago (4/6/2018 UTC) at Großefehn, Niedersachsen Germany
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Now travelling as a ray: http://www.bookcrossing.com/forum/20/550860
* Edwardstreet (New Zealand)
* peneolopewanders (Switzerland)
* Andrasthe (Austria)
* Arvores (Portugal)
* conto (Portugal)
* peacemonger84 (US)
* mcsar (Canada)
* Florence71 (France)
Journal Entry 3
Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Friday, April 27, 2018
I feel so lucky to have received this letter box surprise which will be perfect for the 666 challenge - thank you
Journal Entry 4
-- By post or by hand/ in person, RABCK , bookring/ray in Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Released 2 yrs ago (5/2/2018 UTC) at -- By post or by hand/ in person, RABCK , bookring/ray in Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand
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On its way to the next reader. This was perfect for the 666 challenge, thank you.
I like the way it linked the family over several centuries, from the villages of Ghana to the nightclubs of Harlem.
Journal Entry 5
Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
This has arrived safely in Switzerland on a rather foggy day... I'll try to get to it soon but have a few other books that have to go first. Thanks so much for making this available, and for sending it.
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Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Sunday, June 10, 2018
For some reason I never saw the series Roots when it was all the rage - I was living in the wrong country, perhaps no TV at that point... I'm not sure why. A few weeks ago a colleague wanted to show it to students in his African American history class and I went along when he projected the first episodes. In some ways this reminds me of that - an interlacing of fates and destinies, a family making its way forward despite all the obstacles set in its path. I'm not sure how long ago I signed up for this bookcrossing ring, but it washed up on this fertile shore, adding ballast to some knowledge and understanding of this reality of our world's past. Many years ago book-man-8 launched a several year long spiral with the theme of slavery, and so my awareness of the middle passage and other aspects was again strengthened by reading this.
Aside from the historical content, the author has successfully brought to life and made vivid the characters and places. Grateful for this read.
I've written twice to the next in line, and have an address for her from 2014, but hesitate to send it there without confirmation that it's still correct. Hopefully I can send it on soon. Thanks FraukeRo for making this available.
Journal Entry 7
Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Released 1 yr ago (6/19/2018 UTC) at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland
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After exercising a tiny bit of patience and sleuth work (and the German forum), I was able to track down the next in the ring - mainly just poor timing - my messages went out when Andrasthe was away from the internet. Anyway, this now heads off to Austria. Thanks so much for making this available, thanks for sending. Enjoy!
Journal Entry 8
Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Thursday, August 30, 2018
It's with me now. I have a couple of books to read before this one. I hope it won't take me too long to get there. I'll try to be quick.
Thank you for sharing :-)
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Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Monday, September 24, 2018
I had to send the book to the next reader without reading it. There's too much going on in my life at this moment and I didn't want to stall the ring.
Thank you so much for this opportunity.
Journal Entry 11
Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Monday, October 01, 2018
I'm sorry for journaling it only today.
I received it last week, thursday maybe, I'm not sure, but went away for the weekend returning only today.
Anyway, I started reading it already and, even if not 50 pages on yet, I can already state I'm liking it a lot.
I believe this is my first Ghanian book ever by the way.
Thanks for sending it this way Arvores and thank you for sharing, FraukeRo.
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Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
I liked this book a lot.
At first I was a bit scared it would be just another "black american novel" but it's a lot more than that and I really liked the the non-judgmental point of view it is written from.
What most impressed me was how the author managed to link the several characters without needing to tell everything that happened it the life of each one of them and, at the same time, giving glimpses of the historic setting across 250 years or so, and of how it touches and shapes the lives of so many... But one never feels rushed or lacking information. Ant this is done in some 300 pages.
Wonderful debut novel, recommended without reservation.
Journal Entry 13
Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Thursday, October 25, 2018
Sent back to Arvores for a second deserved chance on this book, while peacemonger84 doesn't say something...
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Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Tuesday, October 30, 2018
It's back with me now.
I hope life will bring me some peace of mind to read it this time.
Thank you for the second chance.
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Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Thursday, December 13, 2018
I must confess I was a bit confused between characters and all the Asante-Fante issues (despite the graph presented on the first pages), but I know this was only because it took me some time to read the book, and I lost track on things.
However, I really enjoyed this reading and the way the author can take us through 8 generations of a family that seems to be shatered but finds its way, in spite of everything. And I like the ending. I wonder how many times it must have happened to us, to find someone in this tricky, meander way.
EDIT: Added a picture of Cape Coast Castle, in Ghana.
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Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Tuesday, December 25, 2018
I didn't get any answer from peacemonger84 so, I'll try mcsar, the next on the line.
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Porto Santo (ilha), Madeira Portugal on Monday, December 31, 2018
The book was sent to mcsar on the 27th Dec.
Happy travels :-)
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Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Friday, January 18, 2019
The book has arrived. Thank you for sending. I look forward to reading it.
I loved the book and how the author touches on the changes through the generations. It reads like intertwined short stories that share some threads. Thoroughly engaging. A powerful and brilliant debut.
Journal Entry 19
Next Reader, Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, March 14, 2019
Released 1 yr ago (3/14/2019 UTC) at Next Reader, Bookray -- Controlled Releases
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On its way to florence71.
Journal Entry 20
Fontenay-sous-Bois, Ile-de-France France on Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Thanks McSar for the book arrived today in France with a nice postcard.
Reserved for Apolonia_X after reading.