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“A graceful memoir and striking literary debut…A collection of remarkable vignettes that blend a historian’s sensibility with a novelist’s prose, Mahama captures the evolution of that consciousness and, with it, glimpses of a nation’s recovered soul.”—Washington Post
“This is no typical political memoir. Rather it is the engaging story of a boy coming of age in the “lost decades” of military rule in Ghana that preceded multiparty democracy. Mahama tells it tenderly and well, weaving small slices of history and culture into a family narrative so rich in colour it at times feels like magical realism… Mahama has given us a useful reminder of the bad old days yet the real value of his book lies in its depiction of ordinary life in a time of turmoil – and of how people adapt and carry on regardless.”—Financial Times
"Mr. Mahama is at his best in describing this vanished world. He does so with the eye of a historian and the flair of a novelist…At times the lost world he describes seems almost magical, as if it were populated by fairies and demons rather than real people… His stories overflow with humanity."—Wall Street Journal
"Sensitive, honest autobiographical essays… A wonderfully intimate look at the convulsive changes, and deep scarring, in post-colonial Africa."—Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The author writes extremely well too and makes the story very personal to the reader.
A very well written account of Ghana's recent history, beginning with the post-independence era in Ghana, brought to life through the author's life story.
Makes you have a better understanding of what people had to endure to come this far in the Ghanaian society.
A lot of interesting stories about life in Ghana. Well written!Published 1 month ago by Marcos van Dam
Looking forward to reading the actual book but it arrived in really nice pristine conditionPublished 3 months ago by GeorgeAnambra
I enjoyed reading the book. I have traveled to Ghana many times and the book gave me a better understanding of the country and its people.Published 5 months ago by Dynamic Technology Systems, Inc.
I happened to work with his cousin, a surgeon, in the US. when I heard him say the book was coming out I was interested to get an insight what formed such gentle men. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Danielle Hoopingarner
John Mahamah is something else!! I love love his accounts of events and i recommend it to all who wanna know about Ghana's historyPublished 15 months ago by irene
If you know who the author is, and (for whatever reason) have a personal interest in him, then this book MIGHT be interesting. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Hiroo Yamagata
Mr. Mahama writes well, and I enjoyed his stories about boyhood in transitional Ghana, from colonial to independent. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Al Miller
This is not a particularly dramatic story nor a spellbinding read. It is a well crafted autobiography that tells an interesting story of a family's path through the unfolding... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Angela Hare
A memoir that begins in his childhood. Privileged child. Good insight into Ghana. His reports of coups after coup becomes repetitive. I guess that is why the title....Published 21 months ago by kop1