The town is famous in the region for its chronic stillness...Consequently, every ambitious person who grows up there eventually leaves in search of better opportunities.
Life in Mbengwi, Cameroon, is not easy for Austin-or for anyone else. While growing up, he bears witness to the worst parts of life and the cruelties of human nature. These things keep his homeland trapped in a cycle of misery and suffering. In a country overrun by poverty, death, unrest, and corruption, he sees no future for himself. The only way to escape the cycle is to flee to a place Austin believes to be free of all these troubles, a place where he hopes his dreams will come true: the United States of America.
However, when Austin arrives in this supposed promised land, he is met with a crushing revelation. He finds America to be rife with all the same problems he thought he'd escaped, merely in different forms. Rather than give in to disappointment, he decides to combat these obstacles with a firm resolve. Before long, though, these obstacles threaten to overwhelm him. This realization prompts Austin to rethink how he sees the world and the challenges it throws at him.
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About the Author
Antoine F. Gnintedem is a renowned educator both in the United States and across the world. As a linguistic consultant, he has worked for the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, he has served as an educational assessment expert for leading national and international testing companies. His academic achievements include a PhD in English language and literature and another doctorate in educational leadership.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A book full of inspiration, failure and triumph This is a book that you will enjoy reading and reflect about your life and how blessed you are. This book is so inspirational. It will touch your heart is so many ways. I can relate to some of the scenes especially while growing up. People do not know how blessed they are and should be grateful. It is a book about failure and triumph. Being poor has many privileges. You will be inspired when you read the very first few chapters of the book. In order to be successful, you will encounter so many failures in life. You will learned from your mistake and live with it. This book is about second chance of love. It is a very sweet book. I enjoyed reading this book so much. If you love to travel, make this on your bucket list and begin a new adventure.
This was a very different read than I am used to. There wasn’t strong romance; there wasn’t suspense; there wasn’t action; there wasn’t mystery. The story is a journey of a young boy who grows up. There wasn’t really anything ‘significant’ per se about his life that makes you say – “Oh my gosh, I have to read his story” BUT; it was a neat read. Austin was born and raised in Cameroon. He is unlike most children in that he worked hard on his studies to be successful. He wanted to be something when he grew up. After being successful in his education, he moves to the United States where he continues his education (the one thing that kept him grounded and was quite successful at!) We join him in marriage, the turmoil of the marriage, children, finding love again, and becoming someone with his life. Like I said, nothing great, but was a nice change of pace/read for me. I enjoyed reading it and going on Austin’s journey. Even as a child born and raised in Cameroon and then coming to America; he faced the same challenges that many do. All in all, if you like something that is ‘true life’ and not filled with romance, suspense, thrill, mystery, etc – just a good ol’ read; you would enjoy this read!
Doom, Gloom, and the Pursuit of the Sun is a great read by Antoine F Gnintedem. It was interesting to see the early years for Austin in Mbengwi, Cameroon. It is a reminder for me how blessed my family and I are. Austin experiences more suffering and cruelty than I could ever imagine. The poverty and the misery his family was going through brought me to tears. It seemed like he was always getting into trouble for one reason or another. I loved how he did all he could to try to overcome what he had been through to make a better life for himself. I was rooting for him when he chose to leave his homeland and come to the United States of America, the land of the free and opportunity. However, he is disappointed to find that the United States of America, also, has its share of problems-such as homelessness and racism. I always wondered about what an immigrant must be feeling when they first arrive here. I can imagine it must be quite difficult to leave your family and home behind. It has to be a shock to come to a new country where you know no one I thought the author did a fantastic job showing what it would be like for Austin when he first arrived. I continue to root for him and hope he will find the peace, happiness, and life he desperately wanted to find. I have to admit I was not sure if Doom, Gloom, and the Pursuit of the Sun would be a read for me. That quickly changed when I began reading. Mr. Gnintedem has a talent of keeping a reader engaged. I only wanted to read a few pages but found myself not wanting to put it down until I finished it a few hours later. I most definitely highly recommend this book and would give it 100 stars if I could. I received this book from the author. This review was 100% my own honest opinion.