Blog Tour & Giveaway for DOOM, GLOOM, AND THE PURSUIT OF THE SUN by Antoine F. Gnintedem! [Ends 6/30/18]
This is a fascinating true story of one man's life from young child through adulthood.
Book Title: Doom, Gloom, and the Pursuit of the Sun by Antoine F. Gnintedem
Category: Adult Fiction, 208 pages | Publisher: Createspace
Genre: Biographical Fiction | Release date: February 7, 2018
Content Rating: PG (One f-word and some mild. crude profanity, and mild religious expletives such as "damn", "hell" and "Oh God!", some depictions of brief, crude sexual content. No drug use or underage drinking.)
Tour dates: June 11 to 22, 2018
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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MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
This is an impressive tale of an uniquely ambitious, intelligent boy who was advanced beyond is years with a thirst for learning. He lived in a small town in central Africa where his parents were able to both work and maintain an income level above poverty.
Doom, Gloom and the Pursuit of the sun is his account of what it was like to grow up and become educated in Africa. He then continues through the second half of the book, relating the unexpected situations and challenges of living in America.
This is and entertaining and enlightening non-fiction.
The author captures the reader's attention, although a few details and terms could have been withheld, which didn't really seem relevant to the main object of his story, If he had done so, he could have .enticed a wider audience to read and learn from this man's experience. He did add a few
He brings several very valid points to the reader's awareness. The one which appealed to this reviewer the most was the strong relationship he had within his family, although both parents worked. they still were very involved in his life and education. His father was a very strong influence in his life and Antoine held him in high esteem. This relationship with his family helped him through very unstable times, both in Africa and while he lived in the U.S.
The second point he made, that stood out to me, was the example he learned from his father to focus on the blessings in life, not the pain and problems that arise. Through one's determination to do his, one can feel true happiness.
I offer a Four Stars rating on this book.
*This book was gifted me with no requirement of a positive review. This is my honest review.
About 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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Prizes: Win a copy of Doom, Gloom and the Pursuit of the Sun (print or gifted Kindle - USA only / 1 winner) or a $10 Amazon.com GC (open internationally to wherever Amazon delivers / 1 winner)
(ends June 30, 2018)