An aspiring young lawyer in present-day London, Sameer Saeed, is about to receive payback for all of his hard work and ambition. The world should be his oyster, but just as his grandfather Hasan experienced in Uganda culminating in expulsion in 1972 under Idi Amin's regime, British colonisation has a long reach and prejudice is dangerous and disruptive.
Moving between Uganda and London, Sameer and Hasan's dual narrative thoughtfully explores identity and belonging and the challenges of finding one's place in the world.
Some members found this a difficult book to get into. A genogram of book characters may have helped here. We enjoyed a lively discussion generated by the questions. A thoughtful read, but an enjoyable one.
Really enjoyed by all.
Important themes are raised throughout the book. Mixed response from members.
We all enjoyed the book very much and it engendered much discussion about racism, immigration , and what is 'home'. Highly rated.
We all enjoyed the book very much and it engendered much discussion about racism, immigration and what is home. Highly rated.
Those who finished it found it historically informative with themes of colonialism, racism, exploitation and capitalism. However the characters were not well developed and felt like cardboard cut outs. Led to great discussion as one of our group is an East African Asian from Kenya.
We all loved it - great discussion.
Most of our group enjoyed this book and would seek out the author in the future. A few readers struggled with the ending, but overall that did not detract from an entertaining and powerful story about identity.
We enjoyed this book, despite the many adverbs. We learnt about this period of history.