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  1. says:

    Forest Gate is a painful poignant and brilliant novel It comes as close to perfect as any novel I've ever read Akinti pulls no punches in a visceral and vivid display of life in both London's Forest Gate community and a war torn Somalia Centering around representatives from those two walks of life James Morrison and Armenia and their budding relationship in the face of the tragic suicide attempt by James and Armenia's brother As

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    One morning during her early morning class young Meina is unexpectedly removed and brought to speak with two policemen who inform her that her brother Ashvin is dead Ashvin and his best friend James had recently put a suicide pact into motion

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    I'm not sure of how or why I came upon this book I think it was a grab in passing from the public library's browse shelf I'm glad t

  4. says:

    one of my book culbs are reading this book this kind of book is new to me so to me it was a lil slow i almost stop reading it im happy i read it because it was a good book hrad to read at time with the rape and things like that over all a good book

  5. says:

    This debut novel by the East End raised son of Nigerian immigrants to England has a pretty clear point of view

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    In the old council flats of London a tragic event ripples through gang and racial warfare James a local black British teen from a successfulcrack dealing family and his best friend Ashvin a poet loving Somali refugee jump off a towering building nooses around their necks in a suicide pact Ashvin dies and James survives Ashvin's sister Armeina Meina hooks up with James in shared grief to forge a tentative but tender friendship Th

  7. says:

    It was interesting that I received Forest Gate shortly after I The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Durrow It too deals with racial issues but from a very different perspective I could not have planned my reading any better and I would like to thank Simon Schuster Free Press for the opportunity to read and review this first novel by Peter Akin

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    Forest Gate is Peter Akita's debut novel I hadn't ever heard of him before until I came across his absolute gem of a debut in the library yesterdayI'm going to start off by saying its been a hell of a long time since I've felt the way I feel about this fantastic book Sure I've read mostly good books lately but this is not just a good book The word good does not do it justice by half I almost loved it as much as I loved an earlier book of t

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    Forest Gate told a very dark tale of multiple rapes murder and suicide but with such detailed backstory that I fully understood the motivations behind the actions as terrible as they were Akinti goes as far as making the reader believe the r

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    From the moment I started reading this book I was entranced by the truthful raw elegant and articulate way of writing The author makes you want to keep reading want to keep imagining There were so many truths about the state of our societies the way men in particular are forced to put on a harsh facade and play the game even if they abhor it The stories of Somalia were painful but so beautiful The stories of the family made me feel like I

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Diers; the constant harassment by London police and his schoolmates; the endless battles he will face as a black man in England He leaves behind Meina the beloved older sister he had always tried to protect James a lonely studious teen the baby of the drug dealing Morrison clan whose brothers are dehumanized violent criminals desperately wants to escap one of my book culbs are reading this book this kind of book is new to me so to me it was a lil slow i almost stop reading it im happy i read it because it was a good book hrad to read at time with the rape and things like that over all a good book

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Akinti's raw and riveting debut novel begins with Ashvin an angry teenage Somali refugee and his best friend James on opposite rooftops in the slums of East London preparing to hang themselves in a suicide pact Ashvin leaps unable to bear the reality of his own life his activist parents murdered in Somalia; his brutal rape at the hands of Ethiopian sol Forest Gate is a painful poignant and brilliant novel It comes as close to perfect as any novel I ve ever read Akinti pulls no punches in a visceral and vivid display of life in both London s Forest Gate community and a war torn Somalia Centering around representatives from those two walks of life James Morrison and Armenia and their budding relationship in the face of the tragic suicide attempt by James and Armenia s brother Ashvin which Ashvin does not survive The book is an extremely difficult read not because of any confounding prose but simply because the depictions of violence and tragedy are vivid and heartbreaking However there s not an ounce of sensationalism here every depiction of violence is

READ & DOWNLOAD ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook á Peter Akinti

E the family business but he can't imagine a way out When James jumps but survives Meina seeks James out and they try to find shelter in one another Akinti himself a product of London's council estates public housing captures in gracious and resonant prose the fear anger and sadness of life in the violent and poverty stricken slums of London's East End Forest Gate told a very dark tale of multiple rapes murder and suicide but with such detailed backstory that I fully understood the motivations behind the actions as terrible as they were Akinti goes as far as making the reader believe the rape of the Ethiopaian boy Namal is justified by Ashvin s own rape years earlier All throughout the reader really feels the pain of the charactersAll of the main characters carry such heavy loads of their dark lives All are young black and completely marginalized in English society by the mere circumstances of their births Two Somali refugees and the youngest son of a family of drug dealers and a crackhead mom The top supporting characters are a former intelligence ope