Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
One of the many refreshing things about Barack Obama is his self-deprecating sense of humour. Responding to the unrealistic expectations for his presidency, Obama said 'I've been sent by my father from the planet Krypton to save the Earth.' Unfortunately, the irony of this self-comparison to... show more
One of the many refreshing things about Barack Obama is his self-deprecating sense of humour. Responding to the unrealistic expectations for his presidency, Obama said 'I've been sent by my father from the planet Krypton to save the Earth.' Unfortunately, the irony of this self-comparison to Superman was probably lost on many of his dedicated followers, who clearly believe that – once in office – he can exercise a few super powers and rid the world of all its thronging ills, economic and otherwise. But as Dreams from My Father proves, Obama is no fool, and knows the cold realities that face him, even though this intelligently written book is filled with optimism and hope. Which is understandable enough; after all, what else could Obama offer?The politicians who can actually write may be counted on one hand, but on the evidence here, Barack is among their number (he reminds us that William Faulkner said the past is never dead and buried – it isn’t even past; can you imagine Barack's predecessor in the Oval Office quoting Faulkner – unless the allusion was written for him by one of his speechwriters?). In fact the book -- Obama’s remarkable life story – was, of course, written before his destiny was irrevocably changed by his success in the US presidential election, and it is a striking account of a young man coming to terms with the problem of his identity and issues of belonging in a racially divided country (a racial division that Obama – by the very example of his success – may do a considerable amount towards healing). The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama details the dramatic journey that constituted his parents’ life before his own trip to Kenya to confront the sobering realties of his father’s life. It is a book about coming to terms with the past – and comparisons with writers such as Proust in such areas are not as ridiculous as they would be if almost any other politician were involved. Dreams from My Father gives real hope that ‘dumbing down’ – in order to appeal to the lowest common denominator – will not be the hallmark of the Obama presidency. --Barry Forshaw
Publish date: August 10th 2004
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages no: 457
Edition language: English
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I liked the recounting of his childhood stories, life in Hawaii in the 60s and 70s, and the description of Kenya. I was amazed by his writing style - I had no expectations but he writes better than some self-proclaimed "writers".
I'm embarrassed it took me this long to pick up Barack Obama's first book. I learned so much, especially from listening to the audiobook which is read by the author. It brought Obama's early life into sharp relief, illustrating his path and the development of his values, ethics, and morals. Most of ...
22/3 - I'm Australian, I've never spent any extended period of time living in the US, so all of my opinions are those of an outsider looking in. I'm also not much of a political watcher so I don't know all the ins and outs of my own country's political structure, let alone that of America's, so plea...
So I always feel a little bit weird rating memoirs. I don't ever want someone to take a look at one of my reviews and think that equals me hating their life, but in some cases not all memoirs are the same. Luckily, for the most part I really liked this one. Prior to becoming President of the United ...
سأل باراك الصغير زوج أمه ذات يوم : (لماذا قتل الرجل ؟)- "لإنه كان ضعيفا "- "هذا كل شئ ؟ " فهز لولو كتفيه و قال: " عادة ما يكون هذا كافيا، فالناس يستغلون ضعف الآخرين، إنهم بالضبط مثل الدول في هذا الأمر ؛ فالرجل القوي يستولي علي أرض الرجل الضعيف ، و يجعل الضعيف يعمل في حقوله، و إذا كانت زوجة الرج...