Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama

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Dreams from My Father, moreover, is a strikingly blunt portrait of a young man who addresses significant identity and belonging issues. The young Obama had a psychological odyssey full of contrasting sentiments as the son of a Black-African dad in Kenya and a White-American mum from Wichita, Kansas.

The son of a black African father, a white American mother, looks for a viable definition for his life as a black American with this lyrical, unsentimental and persuasive Memoir. The “Dreams from my father” starts in New York, where Barack Obama finds his father killed in a car crash, a figure which he understands more like a myth than an individual. The sudden loss inspires an emotional odyssey: it first follows the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii to a remote village in Kansas and then to Kenya, where he encounters the African side of his family; he faces the bitter reality of his dad’s life and eventually reconciles his fractured roots.

The story told in Dreams from my Father is as striking as Obama’s rise to power and reveals a deep understanding of the continuing trauma of the American political solution: race. Thomas Jefferson, as he once put it like a fireball at night,” had been plagued by this dilemma and it became Obama’s foundation. Obama as an African American declares his ambition “to speak somehow about the breakdowns in the breed which marked the experience of America.” For several, race remains one of contemporary America’s most divisive topics. Race ties haunted Obama’s administration. His own often ambiguous reaction reveals how complicated a topic remains.

Dreams from my Father – Book Review

Dreams from My Father, moreover, is a strikingly blunt portrait of a young man who addresses significant identity and belonging issues. The young Obama had a psychological odyssey full of contrasting sentiments as the son of a Black-African dad in Kenya and a White-American mum from Wichita, Kansas. At first, his journey from Kansas to Hawaii is tracked back to Indonesia through his mother’s relatives. One of the main hallmarks of the novel is the natural and awful journey of Obama to dialogue. He sets up numerous scenes of well-recorded or probably well-conceived chats between his young self, mother and grandmother, giving the plot a fun informality.

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