The Story of Becoming

Fiction - Social Issues
352 Pages
Reviewed on 02/17/2017
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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

I don’t believe in race the way the term is used in popular culture. There is only the human species. Race, as we know it, is a cultural construct we use because man is primarily a visual creature. We have created this construct and now that construct is crippling us, some even say destroying us. Until we learn to use more scientific and exact terms to define and describe ourselves and others, forward movement on the road to progress will be slow and difficult. We need to focus on the ongoing discussion about race. We need a new paradigm. A good beginning to being prepared for this discussion is to read Nqobile: The Story of Becoming by Mandhla Mgijima. This is a very serious, well written book about the paradigm shift needed to move forward with the discussion of race, not only in America, but in Africa, Europe, and ultimately the whole world.

Nqobile: The Story of Becoming is the literal and figurative journey of a young Zimbabwean who comes to America to complete his higher education, but finds that life, interaction with others, combined with what he is learning in his textbooks, leads to a greater understanding of human society. The story is beautifully and cleverly written and I loved all the characters, whether I agreed with their point of view or not, because they came across as real and authentic. I think everyone could benefit from reading this book. I’m sure everyone can learn something from it. But be warned. Nqobile: The Story of Becoming by Mandhla Mgijima is a serious and sometimes difficult book to read.