We may not brush our hair, change out of our pajamas, or sit down at the dining table, but we always make time to read.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Ghana Must Go - Taiye Selasi
My brother recommended this book after seeing it listed as one of the best of 2013 in The Economist. Given the publication, I anticipated a heavy read with global implications. The novel was not as weighty as I would have expected from The Economist staff, but it certainly introduced some thought-provoking issues. The book opens with the death of Kweku Sai, a renown surgeon. His children gather in Ghana bringing with them the baggage weighing down the relationships as children, siblings, and as a family. The book is the story of modern families - how we each establish our own identities as individuals and necessarily in relation to others - and how we hide the darkest secrets from those we purport to care the most about. I found some of the secrets kept by each of the characters a little too much, but overall, I liked the moving pieces in this book - getting to know each of the characters, learning more than each of the other characters knows about the other. The author tried, I thought, to be too enigmatic and clever at times, but all in all an interesting read set in a country I could stand to learn more about.