Chicago's very Kenneth Ngwa, Columbia College alumnus, has debuted his first novel Brothers Don't Travel : Short Stories of Israel. His work offers a combination of wisdom, adventure, and social
consciousness stemming from his venture to the
"Holy Land". These collections of short stories can beckon a broadening of the world specifically to the young generation of people spanning from the inner city, to the suburbs in America. Despite
of the turmoil that is constantly being displayed in the media regarding Israel and its relations with other middle-eastern countries, Ngwa displays the lesser-known lively side of Israel as he
navigates through the night life in places like Tel Aviv.
An example of this lies in his 65th day in Israel when he encounters two promiscuous women in Tel Aviv with his Australian friend Yoni. Ken and his friend Yoni brought on the feeling of "what
would I do in this situation" in myself, reminding me that young men are the same around the world. This chapter was intriguing to me because the female characters displayed an open and free
spirited attitude towards the game of life. Almost instantly, I drew comparisons to my experience as and with other college students and our willingness to learn through once and a lifetime
experiences. So at the end of the day, no matter where you and regardless of ethnic background, a young person still has a burning desire to experience life.
While in the United States, inner city violence begins to increase amongst minorities. In Chicago, the death toll has risen dramatically, specifically in African American communities. Being a
native of Chicago, Brother's Don't Travel can show these children who are struggling to maintain in crime infested neighborhoods that there is a possibility to experience a different and more
positive life. Also, he shows the knowledge and the understanding that one can achieve through travel which can allow you to put your life in perspective. Ngwa experiences culture shock 45th day
mark of his journey in Israel while transiting from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. He walks the reader through his emotions on proclaiming "Was I the only one? I couldn't be. In this international city, in
the center of Israel, I was surrounded by people but rarely had I seen a face like mine,"(pg.40) Essentially this reflects the title of the book, the lack of fellow African or black travelers. But
after a tumultuous first experience in a new environment, he gained the ability to adapt to new situations and bond with others different then himself.
To sum it up, Brothers Don't Travel : Short Stories of Israel draws the reader into an adventure, enabling them to experience the life of a traveler first hand. The values and ideas that this book
has inspired in me has allowed me is so great that I can't help but want to share with the world.
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