Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club)

Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club)

by Imbolo Mbue
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Behold the Dreamers: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written. Characters fully realized. A Camaroonian couple who want to make a better life in America and a wealthy Wall Street couple who employ them. Their children and friends and relatives. Themes of love and family and aspirations and identity -- and struggles (to thrive or just survive, to provide for themselves & their children, to work through their marriages & their dreams). You become immersed in their ups and downs. Humor and joy mixed with sadness. Takes place just before & during the financial great recession. A must read novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a reader I was taken to places they went in their daily lives and the highs and lows the dealt with. Excellent story. I did not want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story so full of love and tragedy , beautifully written , hopefully more stories from this talented woman
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable reminder of opportunities our country offers. Also great observations on our country's weaknesses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only word that I can use to describe this book is unflinching. It puts the American dream into another perspective. This is the best book that I have read since another book called When God Stopped Keeping Score, which I highly recommend by far. Thank you Oprah for introducing this book to the world.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Behold the Dreamers was different from any other book I've read. It was an excellent story of two families from different worlds but facing similar marital issues. I look forward to her next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The name of the book is Behold the Dreamers but there is little hopeful about this book. While it is thought provoking at many times, it ultimately left me feeling like I had wasted my time. The author did a good job of portraying the plight of a poor African immigrant and showing the parallels between the the families in the story- the White wealthy family led by a Wall Street stockbroker named Clark and the Cameroonian immigrant family lead by the stockbroker's chauffeur, Jende They have many of the same issues despite socioeconomic, racial and cultural differences. But at the end of the day, many of these characters have few redeeming qualities. I guess that is her point? People are flawed. But I didn't need this book to remind me of that. There is little inspirational about this book. The characters react and do what you expect them to do under the circumstances. There is little character growth at the end of the book. There wives of both men maintain their traditional roles . I had such great hope for them and expected a younger woman writer to write a less conventional path for them. I was supremely disappointed at the end of the book that things turned out the way they did. I realize part of that disappointment may be my American bias on what I think the American dream is. I don't doubt that many immigrants end up like these characters but I didn't need a novel to point that out, I can easily read these type of accounts in the media. The author offered nothing new in her portrayal of the characters which made me wonder why she wrote the book in the first place. What message was she seeking to convey- life is hard? Okay, and then what? I was completely done with the book when near the end, Jende commits a horrible act that is glossed over, accepted as the status quo and not addressed further. He neither suffers any consequences for the actions nor does anything to redeem himself. I continued to read the book to the the end, but by that time I was no longer cheering for him. The act seemed uncharacteristic of his nature, based on how the author had portrayed him in the book. I don't think she needed to go there, especially if she was not going thoroughly examine the behavior. Despite winning a literary award for this novel and Oprah's stamp of approval, I will not be recommending this to others. If you want good novels about the immigrant experience in America, read Edwidge Danticat. This does not measure up to her works.
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Anonymous 1 days ago
While I and many don't often think about immigrants and their struggles and our mistaken belief that immigrants of taking American jobs. The life of an immigrant is more accurately portrayed in this story and shares ideas of many who come in search of the American dream as portrayed on TV and movies.
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Anonymous 3 months ago
This novel will pull you in with it's story of a family of haves vs a family of have nots. Well worth the read. ~*~LEB~*~
DouglasRachko 4 months ago
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue is an astonishing debut novel about immigration to America. The author's writes with clarity and suspense, keeping the reader riveted to the story. One of the three best books I've read in 2017.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I learned a lot about the immigration process and what immigrants face.very enjoyable story.
Anonymous 5 months ago
What are great book filled to make you think twice about what is important and life and does the dream only exist in America?
Anonymous 12 months ago
I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and have since passed it along to friends who loved it as well. It's well written, has a few twists and turns and has a beautiful message. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Great opportunity to write a sequel detailing their life as a wealthy family back in Cameroon.
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Banz More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next one