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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    This is the memoir of the author from the age of 3 to 22. He wa

    This is the memoir of the author from the age of 3 to 22. He was born in England, but at the age of 4, his parents decided to move to Africa, a land of prosperity for whites at that time. Over the years, as our narrator grows up, he must come to grips with racial inequality and the injustices he observes going on around him. He must also survive the divorce of his parents, the subsequent blending with step-families, getting along with his peers, the challenges of education, dating, sex and finally college and finding his place in the world. By the end of this journey, opportunities for whites have diminished as more and more jobs are "Africanized," and he finds himself a young man back in England, a virtual stranger in the very place where he was born.

    I found this story fascinating. The author is honest, at times brutally honest, about race relations, and he always seems to consider both sides of every issue. "Hamba Gashle" means chameleon, and he himself was like a chameleon through the years, blending in to the different situations he found himself in.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys coming of age stories and also to anyone who enjoys learning about different cultures and exploring political philosophies.

    I received a copy of this book free through Goodreads First Reads.

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