The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama was only two years old when his father walked out on the family. Many years ...Show synopsisThe son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama was only two years old when his father walked out on the family. Many years later, Obama receives a phone call from Nairobi: his father is dead. This sudden news inspires an emotional odyssey for Obama, determined to learn the truth of his father's life and reconcile his divided inheritance. Written at the age of thirty-three, "Dreams from My Father" is an unforgettable read. It illuminates not only Obama's journey, but also our universal desire to understand our history, and what makes us the people we are.Hide synopsis
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I don't even feel as if I should give this any type of star rating but I am required so I give it 2 stars. A bit disappointing for me and maybe it was because of Obama's narration...I'm just not sure. It just seemed to drone on and on for me and when I got to the part I was looking forward to (Obama travelling back to Africa) I realized I wasn't really listening anymore so I just decided to stop (and I only had 1.5 CDs to go). I was also a little turned off by the "unofficial" campaign blurb he gave in the first 3 tracks before the narration began--not necessary to the story. Too bad, I was looking forward to this one but maybe I just couldn't relate or perhaps I would have done better if I'd experienced this as a printed media rather than an audio one. Still, as he is our current president I would still recommend to others to read (but not listen to).
Barack Obama's memoir of his childhood and early career as a community organizer is incredibly honest and engaging. It is especially fascinating to read now that he is the President-Elect, because it was written before he ever ran for any sort of office and therefore is free of any word-mincing or whitewashing that might have been pressed on him by political advisers had he written this more recently. Obama knows how to handle prose delicately yet retains a straightforwardness that gets his point across decisively and deftly.
His story is one of a childhood with an absent father, an experience shared by so many Americans. This father, instead of being vilified, was held up to young Barack Obama as a standard of intelligence and discipline. This seems to have kindled a deep curiosity about his father that would last into adulthood. This memoir explores Obama's quest for identity within the seemingly rigid racial structures of America, as well as for the knowledge of who his father really was. The result is captivating and I was engrossed throughout. Highly recommended.
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