Thursday, June 14, 2018

Book Review - Doom, Gloom, and the Pursuit of the Sun by Antoine F. Gnintedem + Giveaway

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Mbengwi, Cameroon is a town known for its lack of opportunities. Anyone who is ambitious would find their dreams stifled. Ever since he was little, Austin wanted more from life. However, he experiences firsthand the cruelty and hardships of human nature. In a country, that is plagued with corruption, poverty, and death, Austin struggles to find a future for himself. He applies for a teaching position in the United States, in hopes, of escaping the desperate cycle. When he arrives in America, he is entangled with a host of other issues and problems. He tries to resolve the obstacles but at times they seem to be crushing his spirit. Will Austin be able to overcome his issues?

The novel was written in an essay format. It felt like almost like reading a diary entry but written in a third person point of view. It was an interesting read but I felt like the novel ended a bit abruptly. I felt like it could have been more in the narrative leading up to the ending. However, the book was very educational about life in Cameroon and I enjoyed reading the novel.

**Disclosure - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion**

Book Details:

Book Title: Doom, Gloom, and the Pursuit of the Sun by Antoine F. Gnintedem
Category: Adult Fiction, 208 pages
Genre: Biographical Fiction
Publisher: Createspace
Release date: February 7, 2018
Tour dates: June 11 to 22, 2018
Content Rating: PG (No f-words, some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as "damn", "hell" and "Oh God!", some depictions of brief sexual content.)

Book Description:

The town is famous in the region for its chronic stillness...Consequently, every ambitious person who grows up there eventually leaves in search of better opportunities.

Life in Mbengwi, Cameroon, is not easy for Austin-or for anyone else. While growing up, he bears witness to the worst parts of life and the cruelties of human nature. These things keep his homeland trapped in a cycle of misery and suffering. In a country overrun by poverty, death, unrest, and corruption, he sees no future for himself. The only way to escape the cycle is to flee to a place Austin believes to be free of all these troubles, a place where he hopes his dreams will come true: the United States of America.

However, when Austin arrives in this supposed promised land, he is met with a crushing revelation. He finds America to be rife with all the same problems he thought he'd escaped, merely in different forms. Rather than give in to disappointment, he decides to combat these obstacles with a firm resolve. Before long, though, these obstacles threaten to overwhelm him. This realization prompts Austin to rethink how he sees the world and the challenges it throws at him.

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Meet the Author:

Antoine F. Gnintedem is a renowned educator both in the United States and across the world. As a linguistic consultant, he has worked for the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, he has served as an educational assessment expert for leading national and international testing companies. His academic achievements include a PhD in English language and literature and another doctorate in educational leadership.

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