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In Hannah Pool was adopted from an orphanage in Eritrea and brought to England My Father's PDFEPUB or by her white adoptive father She grew up unable to imagine what it must be like to look into the eyes of a blood rela. This is an extremely difficult review to write Not because the book was bad far from it No reviewing it is difficult because the story it tells is so incredibly personal the writing is so honest and the experiences it relates go right to the core of the author's identity Any criticism would feel like a belittlement of what the writer is describing and as such than 'just' being a criticism of how she writes would feel like a comment on who she is So deep breath here goesMy Fathers' Daughter is the story of Hannah Pool a successful British journalist who many will recognise from her writing in a national newspaper Hannah was born in a small village in a remote part of Eritrea but when her mother died giving birth to her spent the first few months of her life in an orphanage She was soon adopted by a white British couple and taken to live in Manchester in the UK via extended stints in Sudan and Norway always believing that both her parents were dead One day though she receives a letter from her brother in Eritrea and discovers that her father is in fact still alive After a monumental personal struggle she heads off to Eritrea to meet the family she didn't know she had This book describes those experiencesAs you can imagine this all makes for a pretty intense read However Hannah Pool's writing style manages to make the book very accessible and there are touches of real humour throughout All I feel is numb I have felt emotionally involved watching Eastenders; Suddenly I am gripped by a Daily Mail like panic which serve to lighten the mood She successfully explores all kinds of issues which people who have not had her experiences for example me may not even have thought of as issues From growing up dark skinned with white parents and siblings; to deciding what significance wearing her hair in an Afro would have at home or in Eritrea; to feeling jealous of her sister who grew up in poverty for not having been given away and struggling with the guilt that that thought brings knowing that she is the fortunate one; to seeing the bed where her mother died in childbirth and addressing the knowledge that she effectively killed her; to trying to manage the sense of betrayal towards her adoptive father that visiting her biological family brings the uestions are addressed openly honestly and movingly throughout Nothing is too uncomfortable for her to examine and at the end of the book I was left with an overwhelming admiration for the huge strength of character she shows in laying all this out in the open for anyone to readAnd now for the difficult bit I am not going to give five stars I'd like to give 45 but am not able to So it's a 4 This is nothing to do with the content of the story which is gripping It also has nothing to do with the way the author expresses herself which is lucid clean and entertaining or with the emotional content involved I really struggled to look nonchalant when reading on the bus The only reason I am knocking it down albeit not much is because I felt that towards the middle of the book the pace suffered slightly through a little too much introspection And that is why it's a hard review to write The self examination is essential to the book and is one of its great strengths However I did feel that a short section when Hannah is in a hotel in Asmara waiting to meet her family could have been shortened slightly just to keep the story moving That is the only thing I would change in this bookHannah Pool has written an eye opening fascinating and intensely honest and moving account of meeting her birth family for the first time I admire her courage enormously for undertaking the visit to Eritrea; for facing her demons head on and for writing it all down and inviting everyone else in to experience her most personal thoughts and feelings with her I challenge anyone to read this book and remain unmoved Hats off Big time

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My Father's DaughterEr surviving Eritrean family and embarked upon a journey that would take her far from the comfort zone of her metropolitan lifestye to confront the poverty and oppression of a life that could so easily have been her own. My Fathers' Daughter by Hannah Pool was a well thought out memoir She took us on a journey through her experience of adoption and retracing her roots The true details of what it was like to be face to face with the family that gave her up nearly 30 years ago This book deserves 4 stars because I felt like I was in Hannah's shoes and a part of her journey back home She shared what it was like to live in a household where no one looked like her in a very respectable manner I enjoyed reading her memoir in a humors way She was able to bring light to her situation and not feel as though she would never be able to find her true identityImagine what it's like to never have seen another woman or man from your own family To spend your life looking for clues in the faces of strangersWe all need to know why we were given up Hannah Pool Although she came to realize that it was actually in her interest to be adopted given the financial circumstances her biological family endured she still needed answers as to why it was her and not her other siblings Who she belonged to where she came from and her blood relatives uestions which she had been receiving all her life but didn't have the answers to In class we just got done with writing children’s stories One of the difficult topics to explain to children was adoption Children who are given up for adoption live their lives wondering why they were separated from their family They want to know if it was their fault or if they could have done something differently in order to prevent the adoption This book is great for teenagers who want to know about others around them and how someone's life can change if they are given up for adoption Or what it's like to live in a household with people you don't look like while knowing you have family across the country and you don't even know their names or what they look like

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My Father's Daughter Download Õ 104 ↠ [Reading] ➾ My Father's Daughter Author Hannah Pool – In 1974 Hannah Pool was adopted from an orphanage in Eritrea and brought to England by her white adoptive father She grew up unable to imagine what it must be like to look into the eyes of a blood rel In Hannah Pool wTive until one day a letter arrived from a brother she never knew she had Not knowing what to do with the letter Hannah hid it away But she was unable to forget it and ten years later she finally decided to track down h. I throughly enjoyed this book While I am not an Eritrean I lived in Asmara for most of my elementary school years There used to be a US Military base in Asmara called Kagnew Station I remember my time in Eritrea fondly It was Ethiopia when I lived there The revolution was just beginning when we left I left Asmara the year that Hannah was born 1974 I was 12 years old I have been to most of the larger cities she mentioned in the book The towns of Keren and Massawa had recreation areas for US Military soldiers and sailors and their families I spent many happy hours swimming in the Red Sea in Massawa as a child I too can spot an Eritrean anywhere I go Most of my friends from those days can too They are some of the most beautiful people on the entire continent of Africa in my opinion Even though I am a white American I had a special feeling when I lived there A feeling I have never experienced anywhere else I have ever lived It's like a feeling of being grounded to the Earth It's standing in one of the most ancient places in the world and really feeling it I would love to go back some day I'm sure that most of the Eritreans I knew back then are probably no longer alive I know the revolution and continuing war with Ethiopia were and are brutal I really enjoyed this book and thank Hannah for writing it I thought it was excellent I would love to have some Zigni and Injera for dinner again I need to find an Ethiopian restaurant in South Florida I pray some day they will be blessed with peace again Sorry for the randomness of this review I'm just overwhelmed with good memories