- File Size: 856 KB
- Print Length: 565 pages
- Publisher: Raymond Ladebo (March 28, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007PKQS4U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,711,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
JOURNEY OF HOPE OR DESTINY -Phenomenon that refuses to die Kindle Edition
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my memory like a friendly vulnerable person with whom I'm forced to empathize. I
found reading this novel irresistible because each individual in the story talks directly
to the reader in first person singular thereby commanding my undivided attention in the
process. I can understand each as a vulnerable human being living his or her life in the
midst of all the frailties and challenges imposed by the society. Each of the fifty chapters
is from one character's viewpoint prompting the reader to adjudicate and make a personal
conclusion at the end of the novel. The engrossing episodes make one want to get to the
next chapter for another character's own side of this fascinating human story.
This story is about the lead characters' journey from Africa to the United States and back
to Africa after which they are forcefully propelled to London, where they are forced to
confront the unforeseen challenges of life which forced them to roll with all kinds of
wicked punches. The West's construct of race soon tests a family's cohesiveness and
inadvertently leads to criminal abandonment of a new child on the steps of a Church in
the New York suburb of Westchester. A slow complex interplay of humanity, spirituality
and reincarnation beyond the involved characters' human imaginations inexplicably
throws a curved ball that reels a multi-ethnic family into an exhausting disbelief of a
As the story enters its second half, the plot gives rise to a breathless anticipation that a
skillful story teller and filmmaker like Raymond Ladebo is able to conjure in a reader's
mind. The story even becomes more memorable for the story-teller's introduction of his
Yoruba philosophical and entertaining folklore which he uses to good effect to draw a
brilliant parallel comparison to Plato's essay on human destiny.
This is a novel that seamlessly and successfully attempts to illustrate the universality
of "humanity" from an African perspective and which every reader will find very
enriching indeed. This novel says a lot and makes good observations about humanity.
Raymond Ladebo, writer/filmmaker deserves some congratulations on the intelligent
manner he presents this story of universal humanity.
I recommend this fresh novel to all interested observers and students of African and
African American studies worldwide.