Philomena’s Bookclub Blog

May 2013

Book Title: Dreams from my father: A story of race and inheritance

Author: Barack Obama

Quote: So what’s your dream Auma? That’s my biggest problem. Too many dreams. A woman with dreams always has problems. (p. 308)

This quote was selected as a good starting point to talk about the nature of dreams, issues of gender and race, privilege and disadvantage that are interwoven throughout the book.

What we liked about the book

We were all impressed by the writing and especially what Obama has achieved in his life. His values were established early on and the book illustrates in detail his unconventional upbringing and how he grew up questioning identity, privilege and race. His writing reflects a high intelligence and self-awareness, while at the same time shows him to be quite a solitary man. We admired him for the work he did in Chicago and his determination to make a difference in people’s lives. He describes well, and with empathy, his family members and how they have influenced him.

What we did not like about the book

There were some sections of the book that were rather long winded, but it is well worth persevering.

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