Click on the link below to access the reading for Monday (), which is ” Home at Last” by Dinaw Megestu Home at Last. Home at Last – summary. Summary of a text – Home at Last by Dinaw Mengestu. This is the story of Dinaw Mengestu. He was born in Ethiopia. Dinaw Mengestu moved to Brooklyn to find a home, hoping it would be his last. He had lived in other places before,but he was not sure those.

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Both Mengestu and Kothari feel separated from their heritage and try to find their way back, yet Mengestu wants to also find another place of origin.

It reminded him of meetings of Ethiopians who were meeting to speak their language, and tell their jokes. Dinaw Mengestu moved to Brooklyn to find a home, hoping it would be his last. Silvia Jacinto March 1, at 5: Posted by Roman Arthur at 4: In this neighborhood live many immigrants from different countries.

His parents never integrated into American homee and continued to dream of returning to Ethiopia and the culture they left behind.

He felt that you can build and belong to the community as well in a new place.

rachel: Home at Last – summary

Mengestu was born in Ethiopia and only lived there a couple years as a toddler. He doesn’t consider himself “from” Ethiopia because he doesn’t feel he has origins there.


Mengestu’s relationship with the people he knows and his relationship he now has with Mmengestu are his friends. He consciously tries to make the Kensington section of Brooklyn his home because it is like a place of immigration to him where there is a mammoth diversity of races.

Yes, I think he succeeds in making Kensington his home. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. For him and his sister it was very difficult because they did not belong to the past of the family in Ethiopia. Peoria was surrounded by all white schools and churches, and he did not feel a sense of belonging.


During the periods in the essay when Mengestu is alone or at the edge of a group of people, he probably even more disconnected from his culture. He had never been able to feel belonged to the Ethiopian culture since he left Ethiopia at a very young age.

When he was 21 years old he moved to Brooklyn to a neighborhood called Kensington. There weren’t any friends in the essay because the essay was really personal and speaks straight from the heart of Mengestu. Life is a battle, if you don’t know how to defend yourself then you’ll end up being a loser. At that moment he realized that the community can be part of it even if people come from different countries.

So, better take any challenges as your stepping stone to become a better person. He says that at first even in this neighborhood He did not belong. The final paragraph describes Mengestu’s emotions towards his community.


He had lived in other places before ,but he was not sure those places would become home. Kothari’s and Mengestu’s illuminate ethnic identity in America by focusing on cultural recipes greatly missed from their native country Especially Kothari. He observed their conversations along with confidence or vinaw of being a part of their particular culture.

Tuesday, December 4, Home at Last – summary. Each of the two essays illuminate ethnic identity by describing the different foods and traditions each culture has. Mengestu observed and admired them and was maybe a little jealous of his community.

He didn’t have an opportunity to experience life in his country. The common denominator is that they are not in their home country anymore. He wishes he could at least speak his own language fluently. He moved with his family to Peoria – one of the suburbs of Chicago. He describes the neighborhood and lives there. Posted by rachel at 8: Kothar feels separated because she is having difficulty creating most of her native meals.

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Mengestu can’t acknowledge that he is from Ethiopia because he is not familiar with the language or culture. Have fun, explore and make a lot of memories. Appreciation dinww a wonderful thing: