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How Beautiful We Were One angry woman did everything, and she failed from How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo MbueI read Imbolo Mbue s first novel Behold the Dreamers as a galley and for book club I jumped at the chance to read her second novel, How Beautiful We Were Was money so important that they would sell children to strangers seeking oil from How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo MbueThe novel is about an African village struggling for environmental justice, powerless, caught between an American oil company and a cor One angry woman did everything, and she failed from How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo MbueI read Imbolo Mbue s first novel Behold the Dreamers as a galley and for book club I jumped at the chance to read her second novel, How Beautiful We Were Was money so important that they would sell children to strangers seeking oil from How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo MbueThe novel is about an African village struggling for environmental justice, powerless, caught between an American oil company and a corrupt dictatorship government They are proud people, connected to the land of their ancestors They have lived simple, subsistence lives, full of blessings Until the oil company ruined their water, their land, their air A generation of children watch their peers dying from poisoned water Their pleas for help are in vain School aged Thula is inspired by books, including The Communist Manifesto, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and The Wretched of the Earth They were her closest friends, spurring her into activist causes when she goes to America to study In America and becomes an activist Meanwhile, her peers in her home village lose faith in the process and take up terrorism How could we have been so reckless as to dream from How Beautiful We Were by Mbolo MbueThe fictional village, its inhabitants and history, is so well drawn I could believe it taken from life The viewpoint shifts among the characters.We wondered if America was populated with cheerful people like that overseer, which made it hard for us to understand them How could they be happy when we were dying for their sake from How Beautiful We Were by Mbolo MbueThe fate of the village and its country are an indictment to Western colonialism and capitalism Slaves, rubber, oil people came and exploited Africa for gain And of course, it was not just Africa In the end, they lose their traditions and ancestral place as the children become educated and take jobs with Western corporations and the government.This story must be told, it might not feel good to all ears, it gives our mouths no joy to sat it, but our story cannot be left untold from How Beautiful We Were by Mbolo MbueThis is not an easy book for an American to read It reminds us of the many ways our country has failed and continues to fail short of the ideal we hope it is And not just abroad we have failed our children here in America I was given access to a free ebook by the publisher through NetGalley My review is fair and unbiased This edition publishing 11th March 2021 An e copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewForreviews and book related chat check out my blogFollow me on TwitterFriend me on GoodreadsThis edition publishing 11th March 2021 An e copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewForreviews and book related chat check out my blogFollow me on TwitterFriend me on Goodreads Incredibly beautiful I could not put this down A great contemporary with characters that will be remembered I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. In this poignant novel, Mbue highlights the plight of natives in a fictional African village who are pillaged by an oil company that has overtaken their land They have built oil pipes underneath the ground on lands previously owned by their ancestors that have produced toxic waste into the river, destroying the fishing and contaminating the water.The children no longer called it the big river, but the sad river Mudslides have occurred because of the deforestation and sickness and death have In this poignant novel, Mbue highlights the plight of natives in a fictional African village who are pillaged by an oil company that has overtaken their land They have built oil pipes underneath the ground on lands previously owned by their ancestors that have produced toxic waste into the river, destroying the fishing and contaminating the water.The children no longer called it the big river, but the sad river Mudslides have occurred because of the deforestation and sickness and death have invaded the village because of the toxic fumes I couldn t help feeling that the author was referring to Nigeria and the oil company called Pexton was really Exxon Mobil but that is purely a presumption on my part Indeed, there were parts of the novel that felt like it was observations from all different parts of African history.The oil company had promised to clean up the land and provide financial remuneration but it was all falsehoods Told through the voices of a powerful girl named Thula,her family and the children around her, it is one of major sacrifices these tribes had to endure to fight for their rights for many years.I found this novel incredibly compelling, thought provoking anddisturbing how we exploit people in third world countries A must read.Thank you to Net Galley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review 4.5, rounded up.Received arc in a goodreads giveaway.This is the story of a people from a fictional village who have long been oppressed by their own government and an American oil company The story is told through multiple lenses, though all are ultimately tied to Thula, the main protagonist The beginning of the story was compelling and drew me in right away Towards the middle, the momentum slowed, but the ending was powerful and emotional.Though this book contains commentary on a number of 4.5, rounded up.Received arc in a goodreads giveaway.This is the story of a people from a fictional village who have long been oppressed by their own government and an American oil company The story is told through multiple lenses, though all are ultimately tied to Thula, the main protagonist The beginning of the story was compelling and drew me in right away Towards the middle, the momentum slowed, but the ending was powerful and emotional.Though this book contains commentary on a number of issues, I think one of the central questions it asks of its readers is how people who have been oppressed for so long can respond in a way that makes a difference, that alleviates the wrongs and pains of the past, that allows them to live their lives in a way that is true to their beliefs, values, and heritage Is it through acts of violence Is it through education and academic discourse Is it through negotiation or legal means Complex questions that are incredibly relevant, and for which there are no satisfying or clear cut answers I loved Mbue s writing style Beautiful and fresh, her writing felt effortless to me I will definitely be reading Behold the Dreamers This novel is set in the fictional African Village of Kosawa, and tells of villagers living in fear due to the environmental degradation and loss of life caused by a greedy American oil company The people decide to take a stand for justice, which has disastrous results.The story is told from the perspective of a generation of family and centers around a girl named Thula, who grows up to become a revolutionary The novel had a strong premise I enjoyed the first 15%, then It fizzled out The aut This novel is set in the fictional African Village of Kosawa, and tells of villagers living in fear due to the environmental degradation and loss of life caused by a greedy American oil company The people decide to take a stand for justice, which has disastrous results.The story is told from the perspective of a generation of family and centers around a girl named Thula, who grows up to become a revolutionary The novel had a strong premise I enjoyed the first 15%, then It fizzled out The author spent too much time describing what the characters were thinking and remembering I wantedabout what the characters were doing I also found the author s writing style difficult to follow For example, I became frustrated when the author stopped in the middle of a dialogue between characters to describe a memory, but didn t return to the earlier dialogue This would have been a DNF, but I wanted to finish since I received the free ARC I would only recommend this novel to those who have really enjoyed the author s previous novels and writing style, or those who have an outside interest in the plot Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review I am so sad to report that this was a DNF for me As someone with a never ending reading list, I am trying to beforgiving of myself when I just don t want to finish a book Normally, I push and push and push myself to finish a book, because I feel obligated due to the time and effort the author put into writing a story Especially a story like this, one that is intense, rooted in truth and important to tell.That being said, I gave this one a shot, I really did folks, but it was just not fo I am so sad to report that this was a DNF for me As someone with a never ending reading list, I am trying to beforgiving of myself when I just don t want to finish a book Normally, I push and push and push myself to finish a book, because I feel obligated due to the time and effort the author put into writing a story Especially a story like this, one that is intense, rooted in truth and important to tell.That being said, I gave this one a shot, I really did folks, but it was just not for me I was super excited to get the ARC and dive in because the description sounded so intriguing When I started reading it thoughto meit just felt so long, detailed and drawn out.I m bummed I couldn t bring myself to finish it because I really do want to know the story and know what happened, but knowing this was a long one 550 pages I knew this would be a DNF My to read list is forever growing and I have so many books I want to read so I am trying to come to terms with the fact that some books are just not for me, I don t need to finish them and that is OK It does not discredit the author, their writing, or their work, it just means it didn t click for me.I am positive I am going to be in the minority for this and have a feeling this book will be getting a lot of buzz in 2020 Also throwing out there that I did not love the author s first book, Behold the Dreamers which I know so many of you loved So if you loved that, you may really love this I may just not connect with the writing style of this author A big thank you to Random House Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion DNFI simply do not have the energy to continue trying to read this meandering and slooooooow story It is going nowhere It s unfortunate because the story itself seems very worthwhile and potentially interesting but the writing just killed all joy in reading.1 3.96 In compliance with FTC guidelines I received this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review The content of this review is not influenced by that fact The feelings expressed are solely mine I sincer DNFI simply do not have the energy to continue trying to read this meandering and slooooooow story It is going nowhere It s unfortunate because the story itself seems very worthwhile and potentially interesting but the writing just killed all joy in reading.1 3.96 In compliance with FTC guidelines I received this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review The content of this review is not influenced by that fact The feelings expressed are solely mine I sincerely appreciate the chance to read and review this book.Obviously the read dates are wrong I had to change so the book would not count in my yearly reading challenge From The Celebrated Author Of The New York Times BestsellerBehold The Dreamers, Comes A Sweeping, Wrenching Story About The Collision Of A Small African Village And An America Oil CompanyWe Should Have Known The End Was Near So Begins Imbolo Mbue S Powerful Second Novel, How Beautiful We Were Set In The Fictional African Village Of Kosawa, It Tells The Story Of A People Living In Fear Amidst Environmental Degradation Wrought By An American Oil Company Pipeline Spills Have Rendered Farmlands Infertile Children Are Dying From Drinking Toxic Water Promises Of Clean Up And Financial Reparations To The Villagers Are Made And Ignored The Country S Government, Led By A Brazen Dictator, Exists To Serve Its Own Interest Left With Few Choices, The People Of Kosawa Decide To Fight Back Their Struggle Would Last For Decades And Come At A Steep Price Told Through The Perspective Of A Generation Of Children And The Family Of A Girl Named Thula Who Grows Up To Become A Revolutionary, How Beautiful We Were Is A Masterful Exploration Of What Happens When The Reckless Drive For Profit, Coupled With The Ghost Of Colonialism, Comes Up Against One Community S Determination To Hold Onto Its Ancestral Land And A Young Woman S Willingness To Sacrifice Everything For The Sake Of Her People S Freedom The Unforgettable Story Of A Community On The Wrong End Of Western Greed, How Beautiful We Were Will Enthrall You, Appall You, And Show You What Is Possible When A Few People Stand Up And Say This Is Not Right A Masterful Novel By A Spellbinding Writer Engaged With The Most Urgent Questions Of Our Day David Ebershoff, Bestselling Author Of The Danish Girl I never thought I would be entertained reading about a fiction African village and an American oil company I was mesmerized and can highly recommend this unique fictional history filled with colorful characters a memorable story line I never thought I would be entertained reading about a fiction African village and an American oil company I was mesmerized and can highly recommend this unique fictional history filled with colorful characters a memorable story line


About the Author: Imbolo Mbue

Imbolo Mbue is a native of Limbe, Cameroon She holds a B.S from Rutgers University and an M.A from Columbia University A resident of the United States for over a decade, she lives in New York City BEHOLD THE DREAMERS is her first novel.


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