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Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers

  • Title: Behold the Dreamers
  • Author: Imbolo Mbue
  • ISBN: 9780812998481
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
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☆ Behold the Dreamers ↠ Imbolo Mbue - Behold the Dreamers, Behold the Dreamers A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage immigration class race and the trapdoors in the American Dream the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New Yor


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America was passing her by New York City was passing her by Bridges and billboards bearing smiling people were passing her by Skyscrapers and brownstones were rushing by Fast Too fast Forever.3 1 2 stars Ah, this book was a pleasant surprise I picked Behold the Dreamers for my September Book of the Month read, mostly because none of the others appealed to me I hadn t any previous plans to read it but, as it happens, it turned out to be an enjoyable read Full of sadness, hope and of course dreame [...]

This novel resonates with contemporary social and political issues dominating in the US, Europe and Australia, where there is a growing and visceral tide of hatred and rage against immigrants Imbolo Mbue has written an illuminating book on the immigrant experience amidst the hollowness of the American dream set in New York The story is told from the perspectives of Jende Jongo, and his wife, Nemi, who are from Cameroon dreaming of a better future in their new home They have a son, Liomi, for who [...]

Although the novel takes place in 2008 , even now eight years since then , this is an extremely relevant story given this current political discourse on the immigration issue Jende Jonga in efforts to get his green card explains to Clark Edwards, in his interview for a job as chauffeur why he wants to be in America Everyone wants to come to America, sir Everyone To be in this country, sir To live in this country Ah It s the greatest thing in the world, Mr.EdwardsBecause e in my country, sir, Jen [...]

You think I don t want to remain in America, too You think I came to America so that I can leave I work as a servant to people, driving them all over, the whole day, sometimes the whole week, answering yes sir, yes madam, bowing down even to a little child For what, Neni What pride are you talking about I lower myself than many men would ever lower themselves What do you think I do it for For you, for me Because I want us to say in America But if America says they don t want us in their country [...]

Different things are important to different people Behold the Dreamers captured me from the very first chapter I was actually planning on picking this up closer to its release date, but decided at the last minute to just read a line or two to see if it would work in my favor or not And wow, did it impress for the first half.This 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, [...]

Sometimes, a novel arrives at just the right moment.Here 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 debut novel by a young woman from Cameroon that illuminates the immigrant experience in America with the tenderhearted wisdom so lacking in our political discourse While another author might have played that imperative title sarcastically, for Imbolo Mbue, Behold the Dr [...]

3.5 I went back and forth, trying to decide whether or not I liked any of these characters, except form the young children of course who were victims of circumstances they could not control Was pretty sure I liked Jende for most of the book until he did something I abhorred Nein too does something, out of desperation, but I did not much 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 did eventual [...]

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 their dream 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 g [...]

4.5 StarsImbolo Mbue s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers takes a look at the immigrant dream of life in the United States, with promises of bigger, better than wherever you came from Undoubtedly, there can be truth to that, but what happens to that dream when it seems elusive, out of reach or comes undone I was hooked right from the start by the story of Jende Jongo, formerly of Limbe, Cameroon, finding a dream job as a chauffeur for an executive at Lehman Brothers, in the year 2007 He s been dri [...]

4.5 A debut You re kidding Cameroon, where some families are so poor, we re told, they give their children away It s supposedly a win win The kids have a better life with a wealthier family, and the poor family has one less mouth to feed Sound appealing No I didn t think so, and neither did Jende Jonga.To escape poverty, Jende went to America as a visitor, overstayed his visa, brought his wife and young son over, and now keeps trying to get papers so he won t be deported They live in a tiny, unp [...]

It genuinely surprises me that so many of my friends here on seem to have been rather lukewarm on this book, because Behold the Dreamers was a thoroughly engrossing, powerful, emotional experience for me.This 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 [...]

It seems like 2016 is the year of some really, really great debuts andBehold the Dreamers is no exception Imbolo Mbue has created a story that s at once heartwarming and heartbreaking You can t help but feel for the characters, empathize with their struggles, rejoice in their victories, and mourn with them in their sufferings She touches on issues of love marriage, immigration, wealth poverty, identity and the American Dream It s an ambitious novels but pulls it off excellently I would highly re [...]

Behold the Dreamers by Imbole Mbue is a 2016 Random House publication This is one of those books that created a fair amount of buzz during 2016 For me, it s one of those books I wouldn t ordinarily pick out, but I was curious to know why the book was nominated for so many awards I enjoyed the book, initially, and found myself feeling sympathetic towards Jende and his fierce determination to stay in America and create a better life for his family I watched with dread as he got sucked into the fam [...]

Follow me on booknationbyjen.wordpress for all my recommendations and reviews.Loved this debut novel by Imbolo Mbue Jende and Neni, from Cameroon, are striving to achieve the American Dream apartment in NYC, working hard and studying long, struggling to raise a family in the United States They have high hopes and aspirations, and with a positive outlook, they aim to achieve their goals Clark and Cindy are American, rich and live a lavish lifestyle Their lives are filled with pain and despair, as [...]

The immigrant story has been the central theme to quite a lot of contemporary novels these past few years The release of Imbolo Mbue s Behold the Dreamers may have first been perceived as another typical immigrant story to join all the others, but actually it s much For click the link browngirlreading 2017 01

Thank you to my friend Lisi who gave me a dozen books that she herself hadn t read but were on my TBR list on The books came with red dots on the binding She only wants the red dots book back if I m sure she will love it YES, LISI you ll love this book.I ve read other books about The Lehman Brothers and the global financial crisis and lived through it I ve read many fiction stories about immigration.but this was the first book where I ve read a novel of the two topics combined The brilliant comb [...]

Jende Jonga believes in the American Dream A Cameroonian immigrant, he came to the U.S to make a better life for himself, and he dreamed of providing opportunity for his wife, Neni, and their young son, Liomi, who eventually are able to join him in an apartment in Harlem Neni pursues education to become a pharmacist, while Jende drives a cab and hopes for a better opportunity.Good fortune presents itself in the fall of 2007, when Jende lands a job as the chauffeur of a senior executive with Lehm [...]

This novel was a breath of fresh air when you read something like this, you wonder how it s possible that there aren t voices like Ms Mbue s getting published We follow a married couple from Cameroon, Africa working to get citizenship in New York Jende Neni Jonga struggle to understand the immigration process in America Jende finds a job as a driver for Clark Edwards an executive for Lehman Brothers oh did I forget to mention that this book takes place in 2008, before the S t hit the fan We fol [...]

Rating 5 of five2017 NEWS THIS 5 STAR READ IS A FINALIST FOR THE PEN FAULKNER AWARD I voted for this book in the 2016 Choice Awards I read somewhere on the internet that this just might be The Great American Novel I agree.Nothing is American, in my experience of being a life long one, than rooting for the underdog Nothing is American than relishing, with unabashed schadenfreude, the fall of the mighty and greedy These two fundamental American character traits intersect in this well crafted deb [...]

i still plan to read this one slow down, time , but once again proving you don t have to have read every book in order to do good readers advisory work, i have made a readalike list here rifflebooks list 236305

The book itself is excellent a beautifully written story about family, dreams, what home means, the different interpretations of the American dream The audiobook is an Oscar worthy production I know the Oscars don t give awards for audiobook narrators but they should they should give all the awards to Prentice Onayemi for his impeccable, brilliant, and lovely narration I finished this book feeling as if I had just walked out of an amazing Broadway show I will read anything Imbolo Mbue writes and [...]

Behold the Dreamers is an ownvoices book speaking about the powerlessness behind the immigration process and the adjustment process which is different for every individual and family that tries to immigrate to the USA It discussed some microaggressions towards Cameroonian people specifically in this book, but also towards other African countries such as I ve seen your country once in National Geographic , or my sister went to Kenya last year and provided the analogy of telling someone from New Y [...]

An interesting story about an African couple that come to NYC searching for the American Dream and instead get caught in the worst recession the country has seen short of the Great Depression Jende finds work as a chauffeur for a Lehman Brothers executive The contrast between their two lives is surreal You feel so sorry for Jende and Neni They are such sweet people, trying so hard And it s not that their employers are evil The Edwards seem caring Mrs Edwards strokes a check for 500 so that Jende [...]

The American dream means that you have the chance to work hard, get an education and do great things for yourself, for your kids The great thing in American is it doesn t matter what your last name is, doesn t matter if you re wealthy Bobby JindalImbolo Mbue, a Cameroonian author, pens an incredibly inspiring debut novel, Behold the Dreamers that unfolds the stories of two families set against the backdrop of the Big Apple, one is a very poor yet hardworking immigrant family from a very small to [...]

This is a very good debut by Author Imbolo Mbue who brought a fresh and credible perspective to the have and have nots in a time of financial crisis Clark Edwards, a driven wealthy senior executive at Lehman Brothers is a sympathetic character Yes, he can be cold hearted and demanding of his staff and family, but deep down I believe he wants to do what s right He sees the handwriting on the wall of the financial collapse but is ignored by superiors who shrug it aside Meanwhile his privileged wif [...]

Please read this book Especially given where we are in our country at the moment with a presidential candidate who says such horrible things about immigrants Given that we re a nation created by immigrants, I think this book is key to better understanding this key demographic This book gives life to the immigrant experience in an incredible way It gave life to the very topic that I ve been seeing on the news for months Between the novels exploration of the immigrant experience and it s explorati [...]

Each generation encourages their children and loved ones to work hard, be honest and forthright, and reach for the stars This is the American Dream Jende Jorga works toward by leaving Cameroon on a visitors visa Working as a dishwasher and livery driver, he saves enough money to bring wife Neni and son Liomi to a roach infested apartment in Harlem.Jende s cousin Winston helps him find a job as chauffeur to Clark Edwards, a Lehman Brothers executive Clark demands that Jende be discreet, ask no qu [...]

It s rare that a book is so fascinating, so emotionally compelling and so beautiful that I literally can t put it down I picked this up one evening before bed I turned the last page at dawn It ruined the next day for me I wasn t much good for anything but a nap but it was worth every lost hour.

Just finished this undeniably incredible book Gnawing at the bit to begin the review not sure if I am capable of writing a review that would capture the magnificence Mbue put into this multi emotional, honest, and creative story MUST read Seriously MUST READ.

Behold the Dreamers is a beautiful debut novel that explores the constant gnawing that a soul experiences in the search for something And in this case, the striving towards the elusive American Dream The book looks at two different angles of the American Dream story in the late 2000s It primarily focuses on a Cameroonian couple, Jende and Neni, and how they try to make a life for themselves and their son in New York City The book shows their struggles with searching for employment, immigration [...]


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