Book Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Published – June 7th 2016

I picked up this book as part of my birthday book haul after hearing so any great reviews of this book from booktube, blogs I follow and bookstagram. After 2 days of buying this book I came across a read along on Instagram and instantly I thought that it was a sign. A sign to help me pick my next read. I love discussing books with others and that was one of the reasons why this blog exists.

Do you love discussing books too? Is this book part of your TBR too? Then there is still time to join. The easiest way to find the people currently reading this book is to look for #homegoingreadalong. But I would strong recommend following @whatkatiereadnext, she has some amazing recommendation on her bookstagram account and started this read along.

Now, I am going to end the backstory of why I picked up this book and get into the actual review, because that is what you are here for.

Homegoing follows the story of two half sisters, their children and generations after that. It is set in 18th century Ghana and touches on many sensitive but important subjects like slave trade. The book begins with the stories of Effia and Esi the half sisters and then follows the journey of their children. Each story is like a short story in itself, when I started reading the book I was very keen to remember how each character is related to the other because I wanted to see how Yaa Gyasi ties everything together in the end. But the book covers so many generations you just can’t keep up and it gets frustrating at a point too. If you read the first few chapters and then pick up the book after a break you might have to circle back to the family tree to understand who’s who.

The key to enjoying this book is to focus on the story that you are reading and transport to the world the author wants to take you to. There is so much history and the associated struggle documented in these chapters that you will at one point or the other be moved. Some of the chapters moved me more than the others and the favorite chapters could be different for every person who reads the book, but I can assure you that there will be a minimum of one character that you will really empathize with and fall in love with the book.

This book was a page turner for me, I finished it over 2.5 days because I just could not keep it down. This book brings so many emotions to the surface that it really makes you think. It makes you think about war, separation, heart break and much much more. I sometimes kept thinking if I was in the place of any of the sisters or their children then would I survive?

Final thoughts, if you want to read a book which is gives you a ton of information in just 300 pages but at the same time the writing style is so powerful that you are also emotional and so moved that it makes you think about some of the finer aspects of life then pick this book up. This book almost gave me a book hangover, I say almost because in some cases I was frustrated with the sheer number of people I had to keep up with.

Rating – ♥♥♥♥ / 5

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