The Last Train From Djibouti: Africa Beckons Me, But America is My Home
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"Skillfully using a train ride as a metaphor, Otis L. Lee, Jr.'s The Last Train From Djibouti is a remarkable journey through the experiences of two African-American women, who, each for their own reasons, return to Africa, the "motherland," and are alternately shocked, inspired, disappointed, and moved--and who return to the United States with a profoundly enlarged view of themselves as African-Americans who have come to recognize that America, for all its faults, is their true home. With useful reflections about the complex history of Africa, the lasting effects of colonialism, and the struggles of African-Americans to find their rightful place in the world, Otis L. Lee Jr. wisely enlarges the readers understanding of the two women's experiences. Along the way, he appeals to a rich assembly of historians, philosophers, and poets. The Last Train from Djibouti is a book, and an odyssey, you will not forget."--Larry Bechtel, author of The Tinsmith's Apprentice and sculptor
"I unequivocally recommend the book. As a bonus, it is well-written and offers a great education in cultural realism and personal growth." --Alvin Foster, D.Ed.
"Last Train from Djibouti is really compelling. The core issue--African Americans' attempt to reconnect with a homeland where they never lived--is complex and deeply interesting. Otis L. Lee, Jr. draws the characters carefully and, as a reader, I'm hooked." --Stefan Bechtel, best-selling author of Through A Glass, Darkly, Mr. Hornaday's War