Another new year – Another 50 Books Challenge
This first books of 2017 that I’ve read were again about kitchen science, an IT text book, and temporary non-fiction. I haven’t started a novel yet.
Nonetheless, I already stumbled upon a good read which has good chances to stay among my favourite books I’ve read in 2017.
When browsing for biographies and literature about Barack Obama, I found one copy of selected speeches from his presidential campaign in 2008 as well as a so-called bestseller by Obama himself: “Dreams from my Father”
For the time being, I prefer reading Obamas own words instead of books about him (books from the earlier years of his presidency lack a lot of events during the last years) – I have the patience to wait for his biography from his own feather.
His bestseller Dreams from my Father has three parts: His childhood, Chicago, and Kenya
The childhood part was interesting to me because I didn’t know so much about his family background. I couldn’t quite follow the part in Chicago, although, this part might contain the key chapters about black identity, understanding Afro-Americans, and struggle of black people in the US in the eighties. It might also be the start of his political career.
The part when Obama visits his relatives in Kenya caught my attention again.
From my viewpoint, the message about finding own identity, looking for a father he only knew from one visit was clear the big theme of this book.
Digging and searching for his African ancestors history…
Special attention should be given to the Epilogue (a visit to a teacher in Kenya). This last and short part could be interpreted it as an important final appeal and as an attempt to answer a few of the questions of Obamas life journey.
Some critics in Internet forums complain that the book is not a biography. Well, I was aware of that before and didn’t consider it as biography when I picked it. Some readers complain that the book is boring. Well, there are auto-biographical elements and the book depicts real-life stories from Obamas youth. A reader not interested in Obamas family background and his search/struggle for identity might find it boring.
To me, it was interesting to read because I consider it as a head-start to get to know Obamas heritage, family background, and how early life events/life path lead to him studying and becoming the well-known first black US president.
Legacy of his father – Himself legacy for the USA