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Jun 12, Kim Lockhart rated it really liked it. This book almost feels inside out, or underwater, and I mean that in a good way. The plot, the substance of events, are secondary to the immense depth of the subtext. How much one enjoys reading the book depends on how willingly the reader falls into that limitless depth. The writing is purposefully esoteric. Yes, there are concrete indictments of colonial imperialism, racism, classism and cultural appropriation.
But, there is greater emphasis on the development of consciousness, of psychic and This book almost feels inside out, or underwater, and I mean that in a good way. But, there is greater emphasis on the development of consciousness, of psychic and cultural identity, of fully-actualized awareness of self.
Dec 10, Chitra Ahanthem rated it liked it. Though fiction, this reads as a bit of a memoir and a long personal essay. It took some time to get into the flow of the writing for me as I have not been exposed at any point of time to the socio culture and politics of Ghana. Also, there are quite a few words and phrases that have not been translated. There is a lot of reflection and realization that Maya unde Though fiction, this reads as a bit of a memoir and a long personal essay. There is a lot of reflection and realization that Maya undergoes through which comes across more strongly than the parts that takes readers for a tantalizing part into the history of her ancestors.
Nov 05, Ross Jeffery rated it it was amazing. A captivating and rich novel, The God Child paints a strong image of the changing perception of African culture. Set between Germany, England and Ghana, narrator Maya is thrust into a whirlwind of family stories, unfulfilled prophecies and God-Child cultures, while she struggles to place herself in her surroundings as a young girl. Fast-forward to the future, and Maya is more aware of the importance of her background and history, but is still somewhat an outsider when it comes to understanding the s A captivating and rich novel, The God Child paints a strong image of the changing perception of African culture.
The God Child beautifully showcases the art of West-African storytelling, placing importance on stories passed down through the generations and the influence of drumming and music. Ayim weaves these elements into her own story of Maya and Kojo, and their quest to achieve what they believe has been bestowed upon them. It feels as though for Maya, this is a story that she never really got to fully understand or be a part of, so she feels desperately out of place — expressed in part through the clothing she wears around these royal relatives — even when she is welcomed into their world.
She and the reader are left speculating on what it means for her and what is to come. His early focus on this book is significant and shows how he is desperately seeking to understand his history. The story moves between Germany and England, and Ayim paints each landscape perfectly.
The promise of England, over exaggerated with images from the classic literature that Maya God-Child herself in, is quickly overshadowed by the dull, cold and unwelcoming environment that Maya finds herself in when she arrives with her Mother and Kojo.
Her Mother is a fabulous, strongminded character, who dominates each scene that she is included in. The scene of her Mother and her getting her done is particularly poignant — the two opposite personalities are on full show in this instance. Maya, desperate to blend in and remain out of the limelight, suffers in silence as her scalp burns and her hair straightens. While her Mother, loud and unapologetic, controls the room and rejoices in her faith.
While she clearly comes from a regal and wealthy family — albeit rather confusing and complicated — she still places an importance on imported goods, bringing home various foods and clothing when she returns to Ghana from trips overseas.
There is a fantastic section in the novel where Maya is tasked with bringing home a giant Christmas tree on her trip, no matter how inconvenient and unnecessary God-Child may be. She is always described as being well-dressed and beautiful, and likes to spend money on the latest things. However, she also shares the goods from her own country, when she visits friends and family in Europe and beyond.
It makes us question who decides what is superior, which artefact is more important, what stories deserve to be retold. Yet it also explores the burden of living with this knowledge, the fact that very little is known or understood, even by the people who live in these environments and are immersed in this way of life.
Kojo is arguably driven to his death through his immersion and his drive to achieve his goal of documenting the importance aspects of his history, fulfilling a prophecy of some kind. Indeed, later in her life, Maya suffers her own struggles and conflicts, and runs into the same problems — white men taking over the narrative — as her ancestors undoubtedly faced.
Jun 12, Wilma LifeGoofer rated it really liked it. I recommend!! Dec 31, Zainab Fatima rated it really liked it. Maya grows up in Germany inferring that she has parents God-Child are very different from each other and from the rest of the world.
Her father was an intellectual and reserved man while her mother was volatile and impulsive. When one Christmas her cousin also her mother's godson Kojo arrives; for the first time Maya finds someone who could comprehend her. Unfortunately, Maya and Kojo are separated later. Returning to Ghana as a young woman, Maya is reunited with her powerful but anxious cousin.
Tha Maya grows up in Germany inferring that she has parents who are very different from each other and from the rest of the world. That's when Maya realizes her own purpose to tell the story of her mother, her cousin, her land and loss in her own voice. This book was much slower that I expected at the beginning of the read. But it was enthralling to read about the lands of Ghana and it's socio-culture. It gave me the vibes of reading a long memoir.
Go for it only if you're okay with slow pace read. Thanks to bloomsburyindia for the gifted copy. Apr 18, Tylor rated it liked it Shelves:africa. It was an uneven read for me personally. I really enjoyed parts of the story and then it would either not continue it, or when it came back it felt as an afterthought. What I felt was the primary thread of the novel didn't go anywhere at all.
I appreciate shorter novels, but this felt at if pages' worth of story could've been added. The italicized words throughout were distracting. All that said, this was my first novel based on or involving the country of Ghana and I thoroughly enjoyed learning It was an uneven read for me personally.
All that said, this was my first novel based on or involving the country of Ghana and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the culture and the author has some beautiful stylistic prose. I wonder over time if I'll grow to appreciate it as I either learn more about Ghana, or about the author. Keep scrolling for more More Definitions for godson godson. Please tell us where you read or heard it including the quote, if possible.
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