Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue – Okwudili Neobolisa

TITLE: BEHOLD THE DREAMERS
AUTHOUR: IMBOLO MBUE
PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE
PUBLICATION DATE:AUGUST 23 2016
GENRE: FICTION
FORMAT: HARDCOVER
NO OF PAGES: 400
 

Behold the Dreamer is the sort of book you want to hold when it is so hot and you need someone to help you forget about the sweltering heat. The sentences are torrid with so much life, so much vigor. It’s about the strong belief in the so-called American dream by some immigrants from Cameroun. It’s hard reading through it without dropping and laughing so uncontrollably, not with sentences like:

“her mother and aunt held her legs and shouted, push, push, if you know how to enjoy the sweet part then you must know how to suffer the bitter part.”

Or:“He would never become an American Wonder, one of those mbutukus who went to America and upon their return home spoke with laughable accents, spraying “wannas” and “gonnas” all over sentences. They strutted around town wearing suits and cowboy boots and baseball hats, claiming to understand very little Cameroonian culture because they were now too American.”

But beyond humor this book throbs with so much humanness. When the lives of newly arrived,  Harlem based …….collide with that of Upper East Side Mahattan based Wall street ………we are allowed access into the interiroty of lives that mirror ours in their complexities or familiarities. It is essentially the story of neediness either material or in essential human vulnerabilities.

 

By Okwudili Neobolisa

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