Non Fiction

North to Paradise by Ousman Umar

Translated by Kevin Gerry Dunn

I have read quite a few books about the refugee crisis from different countries just this year. This book has a more unique ending than a few others. The entire book feels like a translated work, this being one of the rare occasions that that is actually a bonus.
The bewilderment of a child and later young adult thrust into the idea of leaving his country to greener pastures without almost actually making a conscious choice to do so!
This sorrowful trip does not get any different or less horrific the more times you read it, but every story is a bit different. In this particular case, the ending is stable and happy. The book is very short. Surprisingly so. I enjoyed the photos that accompanied the narrative, cementing the overall arc of the author’s life journey.
I cannot make my review longer than the book, and the blurb provides the bare bones of what we are to encounter.
We get glimpses of the systems in place for integration and how difficult it is for anyone to make sense of enforcing the policies at the level of the refugee. Of the ones I have recently had the opportunity to read, I would actually recommend this to people who are on the lookout for fiction/non-fiction on this topic because of its length and how much it was able to inform within that length.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.


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