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Behold the Dreamers: A Novel av Imbolo Mbue
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Behold the Dreamers: A Novel (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2017)

av Imbolo Mbue (Författare)

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Fiction. Literature. HTML:A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dreamthe unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy

/> New York Times Bestseller  Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award  Longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award An ALA Notable Book

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY 
NPR  The New York Times Book Review  San Francisco Chronicle The Guardian St. Louis Post-Dispatch Chicago Public Library BookPage Refinery29 Kirkus Reviews 

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyaltyand Jende is eager to please. Clarks wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers faades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jendes jobeven as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

Praise for Behold the Dreamers

A debut novel by a young woman from Cameroon that illuminates the immigrant experience in America with the tenderhearted wisdom so lacking in our political discourse . . . Mbue is a bright and captivating storyteller.The Washington Post

A capacious, big-hearted novel.The New York Times Book Review

Behold the Dreamers heart . . . belongs to the struggles and small triumphs of the Jongas, which Mbue traces in clean, quick-moving paragraphs.Entertainment Weekly

Mbues writing is warm and captivating.People (book of the week)

[Mbues] book isnt the first work of fiction to grapple with the global financial crisis of 20072008, but its surely one of the best. . . . Its a novel that depicts a country both blessed and doomed, on top of the world, but always at risk of losing its balance. It is, in other words, quintessentially American.NPR

This story is one that needs to be told.Bust 

Behold the Dreamers challenges us all to consider what it takes to make us genuinely content, and how long is too long to live with our dreams deferred.O: The Oprah Magazine

[A] beautiful, empathetic novel.The Boston Globe

A witty, compassionate, swiftly paced novel that takes on race, immigration, family and the dangers of capitalist excess.St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mbue [is] a deft, often lyrical observer. . . . [Her] meticulous storytelling announces a writer in...… (mer)
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Titel:Behold the Dreamers: A Novel
Författare:Imbolo Mbue (Författare)
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2017), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
Samlingar:2024 TBR, Read in 2024, Fiction, Read, Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Fiction, Read, Read 2024, Feb24, 2024 Reading Challenge, 2024 TBR, Cameroon, Immigration, Female Author, Cameroonian-American Author, AOC, Own

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The story of two immigrants from Cameroon trying to make it in NYC around the time of the financial collapse.

It's good for me to read things about how difficult everyday life can be for so many people and how lucky we are to live in America despite its flaws. The immigrants are struggling financially and the rich struggle emotionally but all of them struggle. How they react to their problems often surprises and occasionally disappoints.

I want to give this more stars but it was less of a page turner than j want my books to be. I enjoyed it while reading but didn't feel compelled to get back to it quickly when it wasn't in my hands. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
Read this for my book club.

Plot and writing was good. My only minor complaints:

Some of the main characters were a bit too stereotypical. (Terrible relationship between all the Clarks - a privileged family - what else is new.) I would have preferred to hear either a lot more about the Wall Street issues or a lot less. The tiny bits were unsatisfying. Would've liked more about the lawyers - their points of view - cynical? idealistic? realistic? and maybe even the judges, too.

Even though the book was good, I'm giving it a 3 because it just doesn't excite me: I don't feel better for having read it, I'd rather be reading others books, and I don't believe I'll ever find myself talking about it, recommending it to a friend, etc. ( )
  donwon | Jan 22, 2024 |
There's something really genuine about this story. These are just people trying to get through life. And while a larger commentary (or question) is there, it's not forced upon their lives, nor are they forced to embody it. The author's compassion for each character also stands out. All in all, promising, and I look forward to her next work. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
I think my fascination with the African voice goes back to Alexander McCall Smith and the Botswana stories, which I guess is ironic because he isn't actually African at all. This story is written by an African author and describes the experience of the Jongas, a Cameroonian couple who is in New York, attempting to immigrate to the United States. They haven't exactly faked their applications, but have fudged things a little in the hopes that they fall through the cracked just enough to carry on and fulfill their dreams. However, fantasy and reality collide as they come to understand that living in America is more difficult than they knew, especially in the grey zone they occupy between legal and illegal. The story is also set with the backdrop of the financial crisis of 2008, and tells the parallel tale of the family the Jongas spend time working for, and how the crisis affects two families on opposite ends of the economic scale. It is both topical and emotional, a great, balanced, contemporary novel. ( )
  karenchase | Jun 14, 2023 |
Really great writing but female protagonist way too wimpy. Otherwise I’d have given it 4 stars! ( )
  stickersthatmatter | May 29, 2023 |
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Fiction. Literature. HTML:A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dreamthe unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy

New York Times Bestseller  Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award  Longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award An ALA Notable Book

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY 
NPR  The New York Times Book Review  San Francisco Chronicle The Guardian St. Louis Post-Dispatch Chicago Public Library BookPage Refinery29 Kirkus Reviews 

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyaltyand Jende is eager to please. Clarks wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers faades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jendes jobeven as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

Praise for Behold the Dreamers

A debut novel by a young woman from Cameroon that illuminates the immigrant experience in America with the tenderhearted wisdom so lacking in our political discourse . . . Mbue is a bright and captivating storyteller.The Washington Post

A capacious, big-hearted novel.The New York Times Book Review

Behold the Dreamers heart . . . belongs to the struggles and small triumphs of the Jongas, which Mbue traces in clean, quick-moving paragraphs.Entertainment Weekly

Mbues writing is warm and captivating.People (book of the week)

[Mbues] book isnt the first work of fiction to grapple with the global financial crisis of 20072008, but its surely one of the best. . . . Its a novel that depicts a country both blessed and doomed, on top of the world, but always at risk of losing its balance. It is, in other words, quintessentially American.NPR

This story is one that needs to be told.Bust 

Behold the Dreamers challenges us all to consider what it takes to make us genuinely content, and how long is too long to live with our dreams deferred.O: The Oprah Magazine

[A] beautiful, empathetic novel.The Boston Globe

A witty, compassionate, swiftly paced novel that takes on race, immigration, family and the dangers of capitalist excess.St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mbue [is] a deft, often lyrical observer. . . . [Her] meticulous storytelling announces a writer in...

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