A Particular Kind of Black Man

A Particular Kind of Black Man

A stunning debut novel, from Rhodes Scholar and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Tope Folarin about a Nigerian family living in Utah and their uncomfortable assimilation to American life. Living in small-town Utah has always been an uneasy fit for Tunde Akinola?s family, especially for his Nigeria-born parents. Though Tunde speaks English with a Midwestern ac A stunning debut novel, from Rhodes Scholar and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, Tope Folarin about a...

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Title:A Particular Kind of Black Man
Author:Tope Folarin
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:A Particular Kind of Black Man
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

A Particular Kind of Black Man Reviews

  • Bookworm
    Aug 16, 2019
    Saw an interview with the author and thought the book sounded intriguing. Was interested by the premise: what is it like to move to a place where no one else looks like you outside of your family and are completely unfamiliar with the place, the people, etc. Tunde is adjusting to life ...
  • b talbot
    Aug 22, 2019
    the cover calls this a novel, but it felt more like a combination of a novel and a memoir, which each of those becoming more prominent at different times during the narrative. i really have not read a memoir like this before, in form and structure and content. quite fascinating and eng...
  • Beverly
    Aug 18, 2019
    this was a 4.5 read thoughts coming shortly ...
  • Poonam
    Aug 17, 2019
    I didn?t intend to write a review for A Particular Kind of Black Man, but I can?t stop thinking about it since I finished it the other night, so here I am! APKOBM follows Tunde, a Nigerian American boy, growing up in Utah and Texas during the 80?s and 90?s. With the wide-eye...
  • Zach
    Mar 11, 2019
    Tope Folarin's debut novel introduces us to Tunde, a thoughtful and thought-provoking narrator recalling the story of his life?and the search for his identity?even as these goals are distorted by his perhaps faulty memory and his own troubled psyche. The prose reads like butter, a ...
  • Andrea
    Apr 15, 2019
    Tunde Akinola is raised by his Nigerian immigrant parents in a small town in Utah. It is an isolating and confusing life, but Tunde's father works relentlessly to "make good." His mother, however, loses her mental stability in the insular and racially erasing environment, packs up Tund...
  • Robert Sheard
    Aug 29, 2019
    This was an interesting debut, but I can't say I really enjoyed it. It's an immigrant story, and focused on identity, which was fascinating, but I didn't feel it really ever resolved. ...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Jun 14, 2019
    When the very hard decision is made to move to America in search of a better life, it is the hope of immigrants that their children will benefit from such an uprooting by assimilating into the new environment. Tunde's father made such a decision before he was even born, not realizing h...
  • Cflack
    Aug 14, 2019
    This novel moved me very deeply in the way it conveys the coming of age of a boy of African heritage growing up in white Mormon Utah and white small town Texas. Tunde spends his childhood and early adulthood desperately trying to fit into the white culture he is surrounded by while wat...
  • Bandit
    Mar 19, 2019
    It wasn?t just the striking cover that attracted me. I?ve always liked immigration stories. Something about trading in one world for another, driven by pure ambitions, aspirations and desperations, hoping against all odds, striving to survive, to fit in, to prosper?I mean, that m...
  • Caroline
    Aug 20, 2019
    Mixed feelings about this. I certainly recommend it, it's a very good debut novel. The first two thirds or so are really effective at immersing you in the childhood of a boy living in an dually alien culture, trying to cope with an immigrant father who isn't allowed to practice his pro...
  • Rena
    Aug 17, 2019
    I loved the first part of this book, meeting Tunde, feeling for him and his world. The second part shifted to second-person narration, which I guess was supposed to make me identify with him more? Instead, the writing gimmick took over, distancing me from my experience and feelings so ...
  • Paul
    Aug 05, 2019
    The hallmark of this work is the creative manner in which Folarin tells the story. He breaks the novel up into sections by switching Tunde?s perspective. The immediate 1st person as he experiences an abusive period in his youth to the directive 2nd person that is used to speak to his...
  • Kimberley
    Jul 21, 2019
    **********3.5 Stars********** I'll admit this began as a page-turner but, somewhere around the halfway mark--when it became clear there was some confusion developing within the core of the main character (which I won't go into detail, due to its importance)--I temporarily lost inter...
  • Andrew
    Aug 24, 2019
    This book was fantastic - I couldn't put it down. Structurally speaking, I think this is exactly how first person narratives that occur over extended periods of time should be done - it was seamless how the author transitioned from child-like confused and scared observation to lonel...
  • Whit
    May 08, 2019
    Thank you @simon and @netgalley for the digital galley in exchange for my honest review, Before I re-read the synopsis I thought this story was the author's memoir. It isn't. I'm sure a good amount of information in this book was inspired by SOMEONE'S real-life coming of age tale. ...
  • Jackie
    Sep 24, 2019
    In A Particular Kind of Black Man, Tope Folarin uses the narrator's unreliable memory as a device to create the same sense of confusion & lack of grounding/foundation in the reader. This dips a toe into surrealist fiction without clearly diving in, which keeps this an enjoyable rea...
  • Nia Forrester
    Aug 20, 2019
    Hands down, and by a mile my favorite of 2019 so far. Tope Folarin is a revelation. I started by listening, then bought the print version. Listened, then read, then listened as I read. EXCELLENT narrator, EXCELLENT book. Highly recommended. The protagonist, Tunde, is first generatio...
  • Shall I Download A Black Hole And Offer It To You
    Sep 27, 2019
    four and a half stars, most assuredly... rather spectacular in the latter stages (oh, that ending!), though the erratic beginning and awkward "what age is Tunde now?" keep it from being totally amazing... all the same, this is quite memorable, and i think it really got more meaningful...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Aug 05, 2019
    An interesting debut that is not only a coming of age story but also the tale of a young man looking for himself. Tunde's father brought his family to the US from Nigeria in hopes of a better life and without thinking about it at any length, settled them in Utah where they had no tethe...
  • Katie
    May 02, 2019
    No one fits precisely into a cubby marked this, that or the other. No one. So why do we, much like hermit crabs, try to squeeze into one shell after another to see which one fits, to find the one in which we feel at home? We all do it, but for young Tunde Akinola there are so man...
  • Rachel
    Aug 22, 2019
    The main character's father "Told me many times he settled in UT because he did not want to be where anyone else was. His cousins and siblings had moved to Athens, London, Rome, NYC. My father wanted to be American but he also craved isolation, so he decided to move to a city he knew n...
  • Bobbieshiann
    Sep 03, 2019
    ?I soared, and I swam, and I dunked basketballs. No one ever told me that I was supposed to differentiate what I saw during the night from during the day, that I should privilege one over the other, so everything converged?. Not alone in the dark but a young nigerian boy who kn...
  • Carmel Hanes
    Aug 26, 2019
    Tunde, the protagonist in this novel, epitomizes a search for self and meaning in a strange land. A land where his skin color separates him; where his family dynamics challenge him; and where pain and loss create a confused chasm where memories and predictability should have provided a...
  • Never Without a Book™
    Jul 16, 2019
    Reads like a memoir but it?s not. A Particular Kind of Black Man by Tope Folarin is a coming of age story that follows Tunde Akinola and his family who migrate from Nigeria to United States in the 80?s. The eldest of two, Tunde lives with his family in a small town in Northern ...
  • Lark Benobi
    Aug 09, 2019
    I had no idea how to be black...The few times I told my father how I felt he responded the same way: he told me not to worry, that if I worked hard enough and became successful, people would want to be like me. I took solace in his words for many years. Then I started eighth grade. ...
  • LeeTravelGoddess
    Aug 13, 2019
    WHY DID THIS BOOK END?!?! Okay so I thought it a memoir 50% in; although, the book clearly states novel on the front but when I tell you, it would TAKE A MOST VIVID IMAGINATION to take someone on a journey like thissssss... there is simply no way that this isn?t a memoir. I enjoyed e...
  • Vernadette
    Aug 27, 2019
    I don't know what I even read here. It started out promising but took a sharp left turn and tanked. ...
  • Nmdb22
    Sep 17, 2019
    I rated this book 4 stars because it is so authentic. Written by a Nigerian American, this novel is beautifully written, reflects Nigerian men's views of mothers, wives, lovers and women. It is also a coming of age novel, told by a young boy who grows into a young man. There are questi...
  • Kingtchalla83
    Aug 31, 2019
    Book Review ? ? "I?ve only just realized that I was studying a particular kind of black man. The kind of black men whom my father and I admired were inevitably those whom had been mostly or completely accepted by mainstream American society." ? ? ? APKOBM is a c...