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Synopsis: Sumbrungu Survival at All Costs is fascinating, informative, and beautifully written. Even more, it strikes emotional chords in the reader that leads to deep empathy with the narrator. That every word is true makes the book even more powerful. It has been a revelation to me to step into another's life, in a world so different from mine and yet so similar in many ways.
Children are children the world around, and Ayinibisah s persona in the story is so endearing, so courageous, so determined, so honest and innocent, that he is one with all the child protagonists of literature and memoir that Western readers have always admired: Tom Sawyer, Jim in Treasure Island, Mowgli in The Jungle Book, Oliver Twist, and so many others who see with the eyes of a child but feel and survive with the heart of a lion.
The story transcends cultural differences and presents the eternal story of struggle, not just to survive, but to overcome and to celebrate and realize one's full potential. It is a magnificent achievement, but then so is his life!
About the Author: Ayinibisah Ayelah was born in the village of Sumbrungu in Northern Ghana. Out of 10 siblings, he was the only child to step into a classroom thanks to Kwame Nkrumah s policy of fee-free education from elementary to university level in the late 50s to the 60s. He migrated to the United States, attended Lehman College, and earned a BA in Political Science.
Title: Sumbrungu--Survival at All Costs
Publisher: Kukukum Books
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Good
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