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Ellinor's Litventures

This blog is about my literary adventures in different genres. I like variety in my reading and will read books from most genres but particulary book with some literary merit.

Beautifully written but overhyped

Homegoing: A novel - Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing has received lots of praise and so my expectations were naturally very high. I have to say, however, that I'm a little disappointed. I really enjoyed the author's language and style. The way the story is told through several short stories with lots of backflashes reminded me a lot of Alice Munro and for a debut the book was especially well written. But I was never really hooked by it. It took me quite long to finish it because there were just too many stories I wasn't really interested in. Curiously enough in the first part of the book I enjoyed the American parts more, while in the second part it were the African parts which caught my attention. What I was most disappointed by was that at the end of the book there was no great twist or revelation. The end was satisfying but in my eyes nothing special.
Still, the book was beautifully written, I guess it is just a little overhyped.

(I received a free digital copy via Netgalley/ the publisher. Thanks for the opportunity!)