: 1 The Good Immigrant (2016) editor: Nikesh Shukla. Various authors - 5/5 - BOOK REVIEW - Part 1
An important, relevant, brutally honest, unflinching, evocative read with a sharp sincerity that each writer brings. 21 stories from a selection of actors, journalists and authors all with background experiences of the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) diaspora. Writing on what being 'British' means for them and how others' views on being 'British' has determined their opportunities or lack of. The stories and retellings are real-life stories of themselves, the generations before them and their endurance and resilience against attitudes of hate in the UK.
There's no easy way (or any normal way) to make sense of racism or why there's so much adversity to diversity in the Western world, or why there's such a strong rhetoric of victimisation against those emigrating from other countries.
Each chapter has a real heart-warmingly contemporary view of these issues, provoking a mixture of emotions: shock, anger, laughter and possibly tears. But the greatest thing about the writing is how real the stories feel and how real the stories are. There's a great variety to the stories told: talking of the childhood, teenage, post-teenage, young adult and adult experiences; there's something that you can really relate to in the stories being told.
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