A Kind Of Homecoming is both an illuminating portrayal of contemporary Africa and an enthralling account of an experience universal in its appeal-the return to one’s roots.
The author is a Negro, born in British Guiana and educated in New York and England, who had never seen Africa before visiting Ghana, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, The first three are newly-independent nations, white Liberia is the world’s oldest Negro republic.
Braithwaite talked to government leaders, teachers, tribesmen, old-time colonials . . . Africans of every station and degree of development . . as he made his way from the coastal cities to the remote hinterland, As a Negro he associated with the Africans as one of themselves, and as a non-African he was able to view the current African scene objectively and report on it in incisive, human terms. Running through the whole narrative are the reactions of a sensitive, perceptive human being as he probes the lives of people who are shouldering new responsibilities.
The result is a close-up, intimate view of the African-groping, building, learning and experimenting-as he searches for a better kind of society and a better way of life.
To Braithwaite, author of the successful To Sir With Love, the new sights and sounds that he heard in the ancient lands of his ancestors seemed strangely familiar and his journey proved to be a special kind of homecoming.
Hardcover, 268 pages. In very good pre-loved condition with the exception of a torn dustcover and a name inside the front cover.