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The Vale of Happiness [Kindle Edition]

Makalani Nosakhere
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Book Description

"The Vale of Happiness" is a story of a young artist, coming into his own in present-day Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Descended from a family of Afro-Dominican immigrants who moved to the neighborhood in the 1950s, our main character struggles to express the growing feelings of helplessness and rage spreading throughout his community, in the face of rapid gentrification.     

The title references the Lecrin Valley, "vale of happiness" in Arabic, a lush river valley in the mountains of Granada, Spain – site of the last Moorish occupation. For seven centuries the Moors ruled much of Western Europe, and the surrender of Granada to Catholic Spain in 1492, would set the stage  for a global shift in power.

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  • File Size: 10768 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AE3LJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,211,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lifting The Vale From A People June 21, 2011
When you first open THE VALE OF HAPPINESS by Makalani Nosakhere, you are alerted to the fact that you are in for an experience given the intricate artwork that laces the pages. I was ready for the adventure. The work takes us through fourteen generations of one family's history, interwoven into the history of the Dominican and Puerto Rican peoples. The writer shares personal snippets, old letters, as well as historical truths that affected not only the family, but Dominican and Puerto Ricans in general. As you read, you feel the experiences. Your feet touch ground in a time that on the one hand is long gone, but on the other, lives and thrives on the streets of any urban neighborhood you wish to name today.

THE VALE OF HAPPINESS shows that very little has changed over the years. It bespeaks the continued struggle of people of color to carve a place in this world that is their own, while still fighting off those who would do anything to deny them their success. It does not present this in an overt manner, but subtly, through expression of the injustices faced by those who fought to survive in a city that was hostile to their success, and even more so, hostile to their cultural way of life.

I was kept interested through the many historical references and personal vignettes. Hundreds of years passed, but time stood still for the children left to experience the unfinished battles of possibly millions of Dominicans and Puerto Ricans. I would certainly recommend this to friends. It is a quick coffee table read that will keep you there until the end.

Reviewed by Zaji
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