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An uncomfortable personal journey with musical prose
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2020
This is a memoir about Jason Diakite and his family; Jason's roots are African-American but he grows up in Sweden. So from the start, he's a "stranger in a strange land." Without a doubt, it's the not-fitting-in-anywhere that propels him to go on a search for his family's history and write about their experiences, his grandfather, son of slaves and cotton picker with a third grade education, his father, an administrator and repressive know-it-all. And the idea of "blackness", what is it, why is it, the fear of other people and the "sixteen generations to whiteness"--a concept that for Jason, hides his roots and makes him feel unconnected.
Music plays a part in the book, a strong thread, the jazz he listens to, the hip-hop and his prose is musical. So musical that you may find yourself repeating some paragraphs out loud.
This is a beautifully written book about one man's personal journey to discover more deeply who he is and it's a delight to read.