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Things That PDFEPUB #236 A haunting and powerful first novel that views the streets of Washington DC and Addis Ababa through the eyes of Sepha who seventeen years ago fled Ethiopia during the Revolution and now runs a failing convenience store in a poor African American neighborhood in Washington Published as The Beautiful Thing That Heaven Bears in the USA Canada and Australia and as Children of the Revolution in the UKSeventeen years ago Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution after witnessing soldiers beat his father to the point of certain death selling off his parents' jewelry to pay The Beautiful Kindle for passage. wow what a compact melancholy little novel written in overlapping layers as the narrator grapples with what has become of his life it s almost like a snowglobe of sadness isolation regret and loss shake it and you see fragments of Sepha s family life in Addis Ababa shake it again and you see fragments of his friendship with two other African immigrants apparently his only close and sustained friendships in America shake it yet again you see him navigate with poignancy a new friendship with the biracial daughter of the white woman who moved into the neighborhood and you see him navigate his complex feelings of attraction to the white woman shake it again and you see the complexity of a typical DC neighborhood left to rot after the 1968 riots and struggling now with creeping gentrification Sepha is not really one of the people of the neighborhood despite having lived there for a long time and the white woman Judith definitely is not Judith is part of the scorned they in the neighborhood where i lived in DC for eight years they myself included even though i bought my house before gentrification took off and i failed to renovate until i wanted to move were called new people which always made me laugh because it only ever referred to white people a black person moving in to the neighborhood and fixing up a house was never called new people The Logan Circle that Mengestu described through Sepha s story rang true with me and made me wish we had such literary gems about DC We have an overabundance of spy thrillers crime thrillers voyeuristic tales about the movers and shakers in government lobby firms white shoe law firms etcwhich turns DC into a bit of a caricature DC is so much than that it s a small city that happens to hold the seat of government but it s full of neighborhoods full of normal everyday people who cover the spectrum of socio economic status from chronically homeless and possibly psychotic to large populations of immigrants working three jobs to black or white middle class to ridiculously wealthy white or black the neighborhoods of DC have been rather segregated for decades now but something happened in the late 1990s that turned the tide broken down neighborhoods that had been neglected for nearly two generations suddenly became desirable Disenfranchised people suddenly found themselves threatened with dispossession if not dispossessed Young middle class people priced out of appropriate neighborhoods see a chance to live in the city and become part of it but have to struggle with invisible barriers they don t understand Developers and the Office of Tax and Revenue see a grand opportunity in some cases razing entire neighborhoods that had been the home of entrenched open air drug markets for at least twenty years in order to build beautiful modern office buildings high scale apartments and condos and a new baseball stadium Mengestu captures this dynamic in a subtle frank way that left me wishing that writers would take the time to write about this DC

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To the United States Now he finds himself running a grocery store in a poor African American neighborhood in Washington DC His only companions are two fellow African immigrants who share his feelings of frustration with and bitter nostalgia for their home continent He realizes that his life has turned out completely different and far isolated from the one he had imagined for himself years ago Soon Sepha's neighborhood begins to change Hope comes in the form of new neighbors Judith and Naomi a white woman and her biracial daughter who become his friends Beautiful Things That Kindle #212 and remind him of what having a family is. It came down to two things for me The narrator and the location The narrator s voice is haunting and sweet Tinged with sadness and hope that at times made it difficult to bear But it propelled me on hoping to see this kind and pitiful man receive some happiness some lasting beauty in his life The other characters are mere set pieces and perhaps I should deduct a star for that to generate reaction from our narrator to give us some peek into his psyche But those peeks are so well rewarded that I don t mind the lack of depth afforded to the other players in this tale And given that it s a first person narrative that s not such a big flaw We can only know the other characters as well as our narrator knows them himself and with as much information as he chooses to reveal The absence of deep and personal relationships is at the heart of Sepha s story and it serves to illuminate his loneliness and isolation He s no martyred saint He s had his share of tragedy and ill shakes in life but undeniably he s contributed to his present condition through his own inactions and turbidity But that only shows us his very real soul and his fragile humanity Mengestu has done a beautiful job showing us this personAs for the location Well conflicted feelings This is describing gentrifying that began some 20 years ago but has hit a frenzy peak now The restaurants theaters chain organic grocery stores And only 4 miles down the road from me I like all those things But I don t like that people got pushed out to bring it Or is it that I don t like that I can t afford to live there either Is it only a problem because it s gentrified past me Would I have shopped in Sepha s store Would I have complained of prostitutes in the park Gaah Uncomfortable uestions While this particular incarnation is local to me and therefore seems especially close I imagine these issues can be extrapolated to any urban area and speak to many readers Of course I can t falsely distance myself to test that theory I look forward to the next efforts of Mr Mengestu

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Like for the first time in years But when the neighborhood's newfound calm is disturbed by a series of racial incidents Sepha may lose everything all over again Told in a haunting and powerful first person narration that casts the streets of Washington DC and Addis Ababa through Sepha's eyes The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears is a deeply affecting and unforgettable debut novel about what it means to lose a family and a country and what it takes to create a new home Published as The Beautiful Thing That Heaven Bears in the USA Canada and Australia and as Children of the Revolution in the UK Winner of the Guardian UK book awar. Seventeen years ago Sepha Stephanos fled Ethiopia during the revolution which called Sepha s father Now Sepha owns and works in a convenience store in a poor African American neighborhood in Washington DC In seventeen years seventeen Sepha has made friends with a couple other immigrants from his home country but that is the extent of his relationships in the entire time As the neighborhood falls apart around him and his store continues to fail it doesn t help that he s rather lackadaisical about working anyhow racial incidents begin to occur In the midst of the turmoil Sepha meets a white woman Judith and her biracial daughter Naomi as they move in There is a feeling of hope and peace with their arrival since you know it takes a white person to fix the bad neighborhoods Yeah that is called sarcasmI really wanted to like this book Maybe it would have made sense told from a different perspective The story itself was written well and from a first person perspective which makes me argue if Sepha was such a good narrator perhaps he should have been doing something else with his time other than working in a failing convenience store Just an idea His lack of concern for anything in his life his laziness drove me nuts and makes me uestion why he left Ethiopia in the first place obsensibly it was to make a better life for himself and sure I suppose not having a gun to your head regularly makes a better life but maybe I m missing something hereAgain Mengestu wrote beautifully but the story itself was hard to swallow Not bad for a first novel Sure beats my own first novel Yeah that s right I don t have one


10 thoughts on “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

  1. says:

    This is a magnificently simple book Deceptively simple like the Old Man and the Sea in that you breeze through it and think nice story but when you pause for one moment and think about it you realize that it is so much than a nice storyA blend of the political uncertainties and accompanying atrocities of the African continent with the ever present class struggles overlaid by racial tension of America The parallels and similarit

  2. says:

    Big disappointment This is all about an Ethiopian refugee who's now been in Washington DC for 17 years and runs a grocery store in a poor neighbourhood Now the author must know whereof he speaks but I could hardly believe the picture he painted In 17 years we are to understand that Sepha our immigrant has made precisely two friends

  3. says:

    wow what a compact melancholy little novel written in overlapping layers as the narrator grapples with what has become of his life it's almost like a snowglobe of sadness isolation regret and loss shake it and you see fragments of Sepha's family life in Addis Ababa; shake it again and you see fragments of his friendship with two other African immigrants apparently his only close and sustained friendships in America; shake it yet

  4. says:

    The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears was the July selection for my book club but I almost didn't read it because I knew I wouldn't be able to make the actual meeting But I decided to read it anyway and I'm glad I did My expectation

  5. says:

    It came down to two things for me The narrator and the location The narrator's voice is haunting and sweet Tinged with sadness and hope that at times made it difficult to bear But it propelled me on hoping to see this kind and pitiful man receive some happiness some lasting beauty in his life The other characte

  6. says:

    This is an excellent book On its surface it's about the immigrant experience but it delves deeper and achieves a universality which is much profound Anyone who has ever experienced the dislocation of not belonging to a time or place can relate to this story Despite socio economic differences these characters share a struggle to be part of something greater than themselves This individual striving to belong assumes socio political implicati

  7. says:

    I feel like I wasted my time reading this and believe me I really wanted to like this one too And indeed I did like a lot of it but the endingWHAT THE FUCK??

  8. says:

    Seventeen years ago Sepha Stephanos fled Ethiopia during the revolution which called Sepha's father Now Sepha owns and works in a convenience store in a poor African American neighborhood in Washington DC In seventeen years seventeen Sepha has made friends with a couple other immigrants from his home country but that is th

  9. says:

    Rating 425 of fiveHow wonderful it is to find a first novel that feels so accomplished and tells such an engrossing story I can't imagine that real enjoyable talent is becoming rarer in a world that contains such elouent proofs of its healthMengestu tells the story of three friends African immigrants all who meet in Washi

  10. says:

    This book has a simplicity that amazed me I breezed through it and although it is rather sad and its melancholy permeates every single paragraph I could not help but feel somehow liberated while reading it It mainly conveys the main character

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