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Intimate and beautifully written, Black Gold of the Sun is a compelling memoir that chronicles a man’s journey to his ancestral home and to the hidden keeps of his heritage.In 2001, at the age of thirty-three, Ekow Eshun–born in London to African-born parents–embarks on a trip to Ghana in search of his roots, and in this rich narrative he evokes both the physical andIntimate and beautifully written, Black Gold of the Sun is a compelling memoir that chronicles a man’s journey to his ancestral home and to the hidden keeps of his heritage.In 2001, at the age of thirty-three, Ekow Eshun–born in London to African-born parents–embarks on a trip to Ghana in search of his roots, and in this rich narrative he evokes both the physical and emotional aspects of his travels. Eshun makes his way to Accra, Ghana’s cosmopolitan capital city; to the storied slave forts of Elmina; to the historic warrior kingdom of Asante. He reflects on earlier pilgrims who followed the same path–W. E. B. DuBois, Richard Wright, Malcolm X–and on the millions of slaves shipped to the West from the Ghanaian coast. He recalls the racially charged years of his youth, and he considers the paradoxes and possibilities in contemporary Britain for someone like himself. Finally, he uncovers a long-held secret about his lineage that will compel him to question everything he knows about himself and about where he comes from.Written with exquisite particularity of place and mind, and with rare immediacy and candor, Black Gold of the Sun tells a story of identity, belonging, and unexpected hope....

Title : Black Gold of the Sun: Searching for Home in Africa and Beyond
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ISBN : 9780375424182
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Black Gold of the Sun: Searching for Home in Africa and Beyond Reviews

  • Camille
    2019-04-24 01:09

    This book was all over the place but it still managed to be good and resonant for me. Not just because I have Ghanaian parentage and grew up in The West, but also because I have struggled with questions of race, culture, language, and belonging as a human being. This story is at times deeply depressing, laugh-out-loud funny, confusing, and heartbreaking but there are enough profound moments and exceedingly important revelations that I am wildly recommending that everyone read it. It is a story about the illusion of belonging, the myth of clear origins, and reveals that being a part of something is ultimately more about giving yourself unto it, rather than waiting for it to swallow you up. I hope Ekow Eshun will sharpen his writing chops, clarify his voice, and give the world another book in the years to come.

  • Nina
    2019-05-23 01:04

    I'm still gathering my thoughts on this one but I mostly didn't care for his style of writing. This is the first memoir I've read where I kept wondering if the incidents really went down as he says they did. This is not because they are strange events but because of the style in which he wrote about them. I also think he included too much (his brother's book, Chris Ofili, etc.) and tried too hard to show connections between experiences and thoughts. Very little subtlety.I did enjoy the colonial history he included. It's clear that he did an incredible amount of research for this.

  • Andrés Santiago
    2019-05-04 04:58

    I didn't get into this. Found it scattered and disconnected. It has some interesting parts, particularly of growing up in London and feeling alienated and isolated. But I found the return to Africa simplistic and cliché ridden

  • Belle
    2019-05-07 00:09

    The first half of this book started off with such potential that I was recommending it left right and centre but as I went on with it, and it isn't very long, it ended up being a disappointment. The author made some extremely interesting, relatable and thought provoking points and observations particularly about racism and identity. His descriptions of Ghana and the people he encountered there were spot on and I thought it amazing just how similar Africans are no matter which country we are from, which did made me laugh. Unfortunately the author was also a little bit of a whinger, which I soon found slightly annoying but some people may find this depressing. Overall something was very much off. The author frequently spoke of his childhood but many of his recollections were just not believable. For example, he was five when he left Ghana and yet he spoke of being at school in Ghana and having to write essays as punishment on a set topic. Unless he was a child genius of epic proportions he certainly wasn't writing essays at four years old. His memories were too clear, he couldn't possibly have been that observant as a toddler - and remember it all. The book flits from one time and topic to another (and sometimes back again several times); he possibly tried to cover too much. He came across a little chaotic in personality and this also came through in the writing as the book progressed.

  • Graeme
    2019-05-21 03:06

    Just a quick one. This is an enjoyable read -- I think it's at its best when it reads a little bit more like a travel journal of the author's quest to find a sense of belonging by venturing to Ghana. When it becomes all Late Night Review, it's slightly irritating; the 'recalcitrant wheels' of a suitcase and the like might drive you a bit nuts. But when he gets to the truth -- that nothing in Ghana is as he expected it to be, and that the idea of belonging is so often coloured by a sense of what you think a place or people will be like, not what they actually are -- it's more effective. Sorry, that's all rather garbled, but there's plenty there about black people in the UK wishing to be African, Africans in the UK wishing they were West Indian, Ghanaians trying to be American and so on and so on. That's where it's most interesting. That is all.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-08 00:04

    First, a caveat. I read this book disjointedly over the course of several months, so my impressions may be more a symptom of that than anything else. I enjoyed this quick dive into Ghanaian culture while learning about the struggles the author has encountered in his life. Individual tidbits in the book were quite fascinating, and it was a very easy style of writing to follow. At the same time, the anecdotes were often too short to really be able to connect the threads all the way through. Some items kept returning throughout the book and others would never show up again, but there was never a way to anticipate which pieces were going to turn out to be important.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-29 20:50

    I think that this was an interesting book! Ekow, though born in England, travels to his original birthplace, Ghana in order to rediscover his childhood and to come to terms with his life. It is a frank exposition of his family and the historical origins of his mother's family going all the way back to slavery.He shares some of his struggles in adjusting to different attitudes and lifestyles in Ghana. On the other hand, he is able to view how western lifestyles have influenced the youth which he recognises as similar to what one would witness in the UK.

  • Roniq
    2019-05-25 00:19

    I just finished reading this memoir and loved it!!!A story of a young man growing up in London with Ghanaian parents and his struggle to find his place in culture, this leads him back to Ghana to a place he hasn't been since he was a small child. Things are different here now and as he traces his family roots he discovers some unsettling news. His takes on racism in London in the 70s and how the Coup of Ghana affected his family 1000's of miles away. A very intimate and personal account of one mans internal struggle with himself and his environment.

  • Ashy
    2019-04-26 00:55

    Disappointed overall with this book, though it was interesting in parts. It was just the way he talked about certain things, or talking about how he thought as a young child about the other children that did not seen realistic. He seemed to be making his younger self more conscious and enlightened than it seems is possible. It grated and seemed arrogant on the part of the writer. It was interesting to read about growing up black in Britain. He could have gone into this much more deeply.

  • Sarah Hay
    2019-05-19 21:19

    I just love the writing style of Ekow Eshun in this book. British, I grew up with his journalism and he definitely polished with age. This book is sheer escapism, not into fantasy but a thoughtful, multi-cultural travel memoir. Descriptions of Ghana are alive, I feel as if I've been and met all these colourful characters, particularly his father. Am intrigued to find how it will end...

  • Daniel Williams
    2019-05-21 05:09

    I guess you could call this book an autobiography. It is a good book and I loved it. It kept me reading more because I wanted to learn about him. Black Gold of The Sun is a best seller. It could also be a biography. Ekow Eshun is a talented and gifted writer. It is my favorite book of him and hope it's not his last book.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-22 03:05

    This book also tackles the "third culture kid" theme, this time as a memoir. Eshun feels he is not white enough for England, not "black" enough for Ghana. And a there is a shameful, deep family secret, too. For more, see International Reads' blog for Ghana.

  • Kat
    2019-05-13 21:59

    Not as good as I thought it would be. He skims the suface of quite a few points and ideas, but isn't thorough about his feelings, travels, history or any of the things he touches on. He could have missed out the trip to Ghana altogether and elaborated on his life as a Black Briton.

  • Jen A
    2019-05-21 21:57

    The author reveals his feeling of displacement growing up partly in London and partly in Ghana. A very touching coming of age memoir with fascinating details about the history of Ghana and unwelcome discoveries about his family's history.

  • Sokari
    2019-04-25 01:18

    Memories of a mixed childhood, issues of identity and location of home, racism and the politics of the Diaspora

  • Andrea
    2019-05-25 04:07

    Enjoyed participating in the author's thought process as he traveled through the country of his family's origin and early childhood. I would have liked to hear more perspective after his return.

  • Tash Keuneman
    2019-05-22 00:57

    Loved this but felt like the points were heavy-handed. It's a beautiful autobiography.

  • Mpho3
    2019-04-29 21:20

    3 1/2 stars

  • Julia
    2019-04-28 21:52

    another book about britain, race and collapse of empire. bit of an unintended theme with my reading on holiday.another winner (is that too competitive?)