Black Gold of the Sun: Searching for Home in England and Africa

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Hamish Hamilton, Jan 1, 2005 - Blacks - 229 pages
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'What does it feel like to be black? In part it means always being a stranger. Being black means standing both inside and outside society: seeing the world as white people do while reaching out to touch it as a black person.' Leaving his own home in London, Ekow Eshun sets out for Ghana, the home of his family, in search of his roots. Travelling from Accra to Cape Coast, to the Ashanti region and on into Ghana's far north, his journey intersects with other voyages including those of Louis Armstrong, W.E.B. Du Bois, his father and mother, his grandparents, and the many slaves who passed through and from this nation. Moving from present to past, from south to north, from hip-hop to Hegel, this is a dazzling book about one man's journey in search of himself ...

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Review: Black Gold of the Sun: Searching for Home in Africa and Beyond

User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Review: Black Gold of the Sun: Searching for Home in Africa and Beyond

User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

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. Read full review

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Thirtyfive thousand feet over the Atlantic Saturday
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Chapter Two
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Chapter Three
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