A combination of the two she has a lot of feelings about everything and escribes them in etail This basically works the subject matter is interesting and her writing is clear and engaging and makes for uick reading And we o get the chance to learn about Eritrea along with the author Ultimately though it s a Command Performance deeply personal story as the author struggles with her own identity with becoming part of a new family without betraying her adoptive father and siblings with trying to connect to family members with whom she has no common language and with her feelings about having been put up for adoptionDespite all that this memoir still feels fairly lightweight It is after all an entire book about a two week visit And it was published a mere two years after the trip an astonishingly uick turnaround especially if we assume close to a year for the editing and publishing process before the book hit the shelves It s evident that the author was still processing events at the time she wrote it and she seems to struggle particularly withescribing the effects of the trip on her life No Loveknot (Welcome to Tyler, doubt this was a life changing experience but at the time of this writing she hadn t yet had the chance to see her Eritrean family again and instead writes about for instance seeking out Eritrean restaurants What I really want to read is the book she writes 20 or 30 years after the trip about how both her biological and adoptive families fit into her lifeThat said I m glad the author still wrote this book it provided a few pleasant evenings reading for me and would likely offer a mucheeper connection for those who share some of the author s experiences Certainly worth seeking out for those interested in Eritrea or international adoption This is an extremely The Perfect Blend difficult review to write Not because the book was bad far from it No reviewing it isifficult because the story it tells is so incredibly personal the writing is so honest and the experiences it relates go right to the core of the author s identity Any criticism would feel like a belittlement of what the writer is escribing and as such than just being a criticism of how she writes would feel like a comment on who she is So eep breath here goesMy Fathers Daughter is the story of Hannah Pool a successful British journalist who many will recognise from her writing in a national newspaper Hannah was born in a small village in a remote part of Eritrea but when her mother Wanted (Sealed with a Kiss died giving birth to her spent the first few months of her life in an orphanage She was soon adopted by a white British couple and taken to live in Manchester in the UK via extended stints in Sudan and Norway always believing that both her parents wereead One Rayuan Sang Bos [Seduced By the Boss] day though she receives a letter from her brother in Eritrea andiscovers that her father is in fact still alive After a monumental personal struggle she heads off to Eritrea to meet the family she Bachelor to the Rescue (Home to Dover, didn t know she had This bookescribes those experiencesAs you can imagine this all makes for a pretty intense read However Hannah Pool s writing style manages to make the book very accessible and there are touches
Of Real Humour Throughoutreal humour throughout I feel is numb I have felt emotionally involved watching Eastenders Suddenly I am gripped by a Daily Mail like panic which serve to lighten the mood She successfully explores all kinds of issues which people who have not had her experiences for example me may not even have thought of as issues From growing up Secrets At Maple Syrup Farm dark skinned with white parents and siblings toeciding what significance wearing her hair in an Afro would have at home or in Eritrea to feeling jealous of her sister who grew up in poverty for not having been given away and struggling with the guilt that that thought brings knowing that she is the fortunate one to seeing the bed where her mother Whispers Of The Heart died in childbirth and addressing the knowledge that she effectively killed her to trying to manage the sense of betrayal towards her adoptive father that visiting her biological family brings the uestions are addressed openly honestly and movingly throughout Nothing is too uncomfortable for her to examine and at the end of the book I was left with an overwhelming admiration for the huge strength of character she shows in laying all this out in the open for anyone to readAnd now for theifficult bit I am not going to give five stars I The Dukes Gamble d like to give 45 but am not able to So it s a 4 This is nothing too with the content of the story which is gripping It also has nothing to Unmasking the Marquess (Hold Your Breath, do with the way the author expresses herself which is lucid clean and entertaining or with the emotional content involved I really struggled to look nonchalant when reading on the bus The only reason I am knocking itown albeit not much is because I felt that towards the middle of the book the pace suffered slightly through a little too much introspection And that is why it s a hard review to write The self examination is essential to the book and is one of its great strengths However I id feel that a short section when Hannah is in a hotel in Asmara waiting to meet her family could have been shortened slightly just to keep the story moving That Is The Only Thing I Would is the only thing I would in this bookHannah Pool has written an eye opening fascinating and intensely honest and moving account of meeting her birth family for the first time I admire her courage enormously for undertaking the visit to Eritrea for facing her emons head on and for writing it all own and inviting everyone else in to experience her most personal thoughts and feelings with her I challenge anyone to read this book and remain unmoved Hats off Big time. Viving Eritrean family and embarked upon a journey that would take her far from the comfort zone of her metropolitan lifestye to confront the poverty and oppression of a life that could so easily have been her own. .
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An amazing first person account of a life not lived and another path to reliving it It is one of the best memoirs I have read In most part I think it is because she tells the story through her own eyes and not those of others or even herself in an awkward formation of escription and Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward (Hh detail I can t tell you much about this story but I think that it applies to many of us in some form or other She lives one life while thinking of another and has the chance to actually live it While living it she learns about herself and the life she has lead and will lead in the future not a gift many of us get All I can say is that I hope you read this book with eyes wide open and look at your life through the vision this memoir gives you This author gives us something not many memoir writers can a view into our own lives through hers and the lives she has and could have lead Perhaps you need ot be a certain age to read this but i think if you are open enough Pool can get you to think about life and those lives around you without much effort simply because she told the story in first person not your typical memoir of today but one that allows you to live in her skin and experience all she has to offer Without the ending I can t tell you much but she was adopted from Africa lived in Britain and then went back to where she was adopted from and returns to think about all her lives actually lived and those that could have been and the one she now lives because of the mixture of the two Give it a try but be open to applying it to your own life This is a book I think that was overlooked by previous reviewers hopefully oneay it will gain the acclaim and mass awareness that it Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward deserves My Fathers Daughter by Hannah Pool was a well thought out memoir She took us on a journey through her experience of adoption and retracing her roots The trueetails of what it was like to be face to face with the family that gave her up nearly 30 years ago This book eserves 4 stars because I felt like I was in Hannah s shoes and a part of her journey back home She shared what it was like to live in a household where no one looked like her in a very respectable manner I enjoyed reading her memoir in a humors way She was able to bring light to her situation and not feel as though she would never be able to find her true identityImagine what it s like to never have seen another woman or man from your own family To spend your life looking for clues in the faces of strangersWe all need to know why we were given up Hannah Pool Although she came to realize that it was actually in her interest to be adopted given the financial circumstances her biological family endured she still needed answers as to why it was her and not her other siblings Who she belonged to where she came from and her blood relatives uestions which she had been receiving all her life but idn t have the answers to In class we just got How to Disappear done with writing children s stories One of theifficult topics to explain to children was adoption Children who are given up for
ADOPTION LIVE THEIR LIVES WONDERING WHY THEY WERE SEPARATEDlive their lives wondering why they were separated their family They want to know if it was their fault or if they could have one separated from their family They want to know if it was their fault or if they could have one A Guide to Americas Sex Laws differently in order to prevent the adoption This book is great for teenagers who want to know about others around them and how someone s life can change if they are given up for adoption Or what it s like to live in a household with people youon t look like while knowing you have family across the country and you Agewise don t even know their names or what they look like The tracingilemma goes to the heart of what it means to be adopted uestions of blood and identity of what makes someone family and what it means to be a parent or a child all come to a head when tracing is brought into an already heady mix If my birth father is still alive whose child am I would put 3 stars for the literature part of this book The language idn t really impress me But the story is powerful and interesting A very personal story that becomes important especially as a window for white western people to lives and experiences with ifferent challenges then we know I feel very grateful the author A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World decided to write her story One of these books who broaden horizons 100% Not only learning about a little country weon t talk much but also about heritage adoption belonging family and identity This book is about a woman who visits her country of birth Eritrea about 30 years after she was adopted by English parents I learned a lot about what international adoptees might feel and the emotions that surface as they investigate their past and meet biological family members It was especially interesting that she consistently affirms that she wishes she had never been adopted Anthropology as Cultural Critique despite what that might have meant being a child soldierying young poverty etcMy only criticism of this book is that it was 25% plot and 75% feelings and thoughts by the author For example about a Anyone dozen times she talks about how she feels like tracing her birth family was a huge betrayal of her adoptivead There are just tons of pages filled with her thoughts and feelings and it s uite repetitive Return to EritreaAround the time I visited Eritrea I read two books one about an Eritrean refugee making the treacherous journey out of Eritrea and the other about Hannah Pool a British journalist who was born in a remote village in Eritrea and adopted from an orphanage leaving a family she had never met They complimented each other and both in their own ways educated me on this country that I knew so little aboutHannah s mother had ied giving birth. In 1974 Hannah Pool was adopted from an orphanage in Eritrea and brought to England by her white adoptive father She grew up unable to imagine what it must be like to look into the eyes of a blood relative until To her and her father who already had a large family put her into an orphanage for care The couple who adopted her were told that her parents were ead and she was adopted into Norway and then UK as the coloured Boggs daughter of white parents For many years she had no idea that she had any family other than her adopted one until at the age of 19 she received a letter from her brother informing her that her father was still alive She wasumb struck all these years she had believed that she had no living relatives and here were a brother and father in oneHowever she Battleground Chicago didn t want to hurt her adoptive father and wasn t sure of her own feelings so it was another 10 years until she followed up on the letter It turned out that she had a cousin visiting London and so her first move was to meet up with him From him she learned that she had many sisters and brothers and that her father was still living At the age of 29 she finally found the courage to make the journey to the land of her birth and meet her large familyThe trip involved a number if issues primarily the fact that she could only communicateirectly with family members who spoke English she had only a few words in her native tongue She also found it very strange to find that after being so obviously black amongst so many whites in her adopted country she now melded with the huge crowd of Eritreans when she arrived at the airport only to Albert Camus discover that there were things about her that they couldetect and thus label her as an incomer and put her into another sub set of the populationHer original plan to meet with her family in the capital Asmara Bitter Choices developed into a wish to see them in their home villages and see the home where she was born This journey into the hinterlands was my favourite part of the book a fascinating travelogue What she found there was eye opening and made her think again about her wish that she had been allowed to stay with her birth familyThis was a fascinating story told with raw emotion My only issue with it was that Hannah spent a bit too long on some of the emotional issues shall I leave this room no I ll just stay here but I must gonot a literal uote until the repetition became irritating Otherwise an excellent view into adoption into aifferent coloured family and the reunion with family that she had long believed Bill Veecks Crosstown Classic deadAlso readParadise Denied by Zekarias Kebraeb 5stars I throughly enjoyed this book While I am not an Eritrean I lived in Asmara for most of my elementary school years There used to be a US Military base in Asmara called Kagnew Station I remember my time in Eritrea fondly It was Ethiopia when I lived there The revolution was just beginning when we left I left Asmara the year that Hannah was born 1974 I was 12 years old I have been to most of the larger cities she mentioned in the book The towns of Keren and Massawa had recreation areas for US Military soldiers and sailors and their families I spent many happy hours swimming in the Red Sea in Massawa as a child I too can spot an Eritrean anywhere I go Most of my friends from thoseays can too They are some of the most beautiful people on the entire continent of Africa in my opinion Even though I am a white American I had a special feeling when I lived there A feeling I have never experienced anywhere else I have ever lived It s like a feeling of being grounded to the Earth It s standing in one of the most ancient places in the world and really feeling it I would love to go back some ay I m sure that most of the Eritreans I knew back then are probably no longer alive I know the revolution and continuing war with Ethiopia were and are brutal I really enjoyed and continuing war with Ethiopia were and are brutal I really enjoyed book and thank Hannah for writing it I thought it was excellent I would love to have some Zigni and Injera for inner again I need to find an Ethiopian restaurant in South Florida I pray some Mikhail Bakhtin day they will be blessed with peace again Sorry for the randomness of this review I m just overwhelmed with good memories I have read stories about adoptees meeting their birth families and I have watched the shows on television about the same thing Never thoughid I ever imagine what it might be like for someone who was adopted from a third world country to returne to the strange land of their birth The author is very honest and open about her experience I feel that this womans story is very uniue in that we get to read about an African village from a whole ifferent point of view She is not an aid worker who will make the country seem hot smelly and strange She is not a runaway bride that is now telling her story after becoming a famous model making the country sound paradise gone
wrong hannah pool gets to be the outsiderHannah Pool gets to be the outsider just looking in being embr This is a very readable and engaging memoir about a British journalist s trip to Eritrea to meet her birth family As a baby Hannah Pool was adopted from an orphanage by a white couple then working in Sudan She grew up primarily in England and had no contact with her birth family until age 29 when she finally followed up on a letter a brother had sent her a ecade before Meeting a cousin in London ultimately led to her taking a two week trip to Eritrea where she met her biological father several siblings and extended family Initially she arranged to meet the family in the capital Asmara but she wound up traveling to her father s and sister s remote villages to see their real lives and the place where she was bornThe book is an emotional memoir than a travelogue whether because the author is an especially sensitive person or because of the emotional nature of her trip probably. Ne Citizens and Paupers day a letter arrived from a brother she never knew she had Not knowing what too with the letter Hannah hid it away But she was unable to forget it and ten years later she finally Bargaining for Brooklyn decided to trackown her sur.