Some initial thoughts on Dreams From My Father

I’m now about 60% of the way through Dreams From My Father, by Barack Obama. I very much enjoyed his later book, The Audacity of Hope (oh wait, I can’t link to my review of it because I haven’t written it…) and when I spotted this audiobook available at the library I snaffled it.

The first third or so was very, very interesting. The story of his first 20 years or so – growing up in Hawaii, moving to Indonesia, back to Hawaii again; the coming and going of his father, his mother’s ambitions for him, the racial conflict he faces at secondary school, becoming aware of his mixed identity. So far, so good; well-written with interesting anecdotes and pithy reflection.

We get through university and a job in New York, then he moved to Chicago and became a community organiser, and this bit really lost my interest. I understand much of what he is writing about, and it is clearly and concisely written, but it bored me. Probably because I don’t understand what it was like to be poor and black in 80s/90s Chicago.

He has just moved onto a visit from his half-sister Auma and their father in Kenya, so I’m hoping things will perk up a bit now.

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4 thoughts on “Some initial thoughts on Dreams From My Father

  1. winstonsdad 9 January 2015 at 7:49 pm Reply

    I enjoyed this when I read it about time he first got elected .It maybe was written with the running for president in mind that’s my only problem I feel he maybe left a lot out of this one

    • readingwithtea 9 January 2015 at 7:56 pm Reply

      I think he actually wrote it when he was editor of the Harvard Law Review so I would have thought before political ambitions – but yes, potentially sanitised. I don’t mind so much.

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