Book Review – I Am Going Where I Belong by Hans Lindor
Title: I Am Going Where I Belong
Publisher: Enaz Publications
Pages: Paperback; 150
Release Date: February 25, 2011
Source: Hans Lindor sent me a signed copy
I am Going Where I Belong revolves around the cold-blooded murder of Hans Leger’s father and gang rape of his mother. Removed from their wealthy status, Hans and his family move to Florida where they are essentially the same people that Hans Leger watched from the car in downtown Haiti—destined to poverty. Surrounded by violence, poverty, and racism, Hans manages to launch his writing career and lift his family out of poverty.
One afternoon, a detour by the family chauffeur has Hans and his younger brother seeing a part of Haiti that was hidden from him. He is intrigued by a girl he sees watching a ballet show on a television in a store window while braiding her hair. At her side is a young child that shows all the signs of hunger. Hans skips school the next day to go back and find this girl. What he finds opens his eyes to the unequal conditions in his country, and he promises the girl and her son that he will do his best to return the next day. But later that evening, a coup occurs and Hans’ father is gunned down before his family. Hans, his brother and mother are able to escape and allowed to be evacuated to the United States to live with his maternal grandmother in Miami. Thinking that they are escaping to a safe place, little do they know that this is just the beginning of the tragedies they will face.
Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?
Yes, Marie, the girl I wrote about in the book. At 15, she considered her life to be worthless. She never went to school. She didn’t know how to read or write. Her parents were dead. She was forced to sell her body as a way to save her life, or she would have faced death if she refused to comply. When hunger became unbearable, Marie begged, hoping to get some change to be able to feed her son, whom she had after she was raped. She was a young woman in despair, buried in the human meanness of society. There are several young girls like Marie around the world. I wanted the readers to hear their voices. It hurts me that these young girls are being unnoticed, despite their agony.
Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
Again, I am speaking of Marie. Her story inspired me to write this book. Also, those millions of children whose lives are neglected while dying daily of hunger. And finally, my mother’s killing.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My family and editor are my biggest supporters as of right now. I hope more supporters will grow eventually with this book.
Your biggest critic?
I am my own antagonist. I criticize myself when things do not go the way they should. However, I do not let them detour me from achieving my goals or going where I belong.
What cause are you most passionate about and why?
I deeply believe every child has the right to live. I believe women are the beauty of life and face of nature. They should never be abused whether it is in the mental or physical sense. I believe every human being should have the right to freedom. These are causes that I am very passionate about.
Do you have any rituals you follow when finishing a piece of work?
Yes, once I am done writing a book with an editor, I do not re-read it. I would ask someone else to examine it. The reason for this is simple; I do not want to be too attached to the book. This allows me to deal with other criticism.
What is the most important thing in your life right now?
Besides my family, I am trying to promote the awareness of child poverty and prostitution.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on promoting “I am Going Where I Belong” and my children’s career.
Do you have any advice for writers or readers?
Who am I to give advice to others? But, I will only tell them to never give up. When life seems to be unpromising and callous, just stay focused and do not ever be discouraged. Instead, keep on smiling. This book will show them how to do just that. Things will get easier someday if you keep reaching for your destiny. You do not have to be rich to be happy, but you should be happy to be alive. And always be courteous and respectful to others.
Is there an author that inspired you to write?
It is sad to say, but no. My writing inspiration only comes from the life of regular people.
What are some of your long term goals?
Making sure my family stays healthy and we are always helpful to others.
What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?
I would consider this kind of like a new genre which I call multiculturalism drama.
If you could go back and change one day, what would it be?
The day when my mother was killed, I wished that day never came. When I was younger I used to tell my mother, “I want to die before you.” She would ask, “Why?” and my answer was always, “My life would be meaningless without you.” Sure enough, after her loss, my life had changed ever since. Several times in the past, I had thought about committing suicide, but each time I thought about my family.
What is the most important lesson you have learned from life so far?
That life is what you make of it. Also life is precious beyond all means.
Is there anything you regret doing/not doing?
Yes. Let me answer “doing” first, I regret that I dated several women at once while I was in a serious relationship. I should have never done that. Every woman is a precious art created by God and should always be extolled. Now for “not doing”, I regret that I did not do enough to protect my mother.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Yes. Please find an organization of your choice to make a donation, whether it is to help fight children hunger, trafficking, abuse, or prostitution, and violent acts against women.
(Hans Lindor posted this on his Goodreads page):
Hans Leger and his family lived in Haiti. They were from a well to do family. His driver picked him up from school one day and took him and his brother downtown (and they were supposed to keep this secret from his parents). When they went to town they got a look at what the less fortunate in Haiti really lived like. The air stank so bad that Hans threw up. A girl caught his attention. He thought she was about 15. She wore a dress that was torn and had a little toddler with her who was about 3 or 4. Hans could tell that the little boy was hungry. He skipped school the next day to go back to town. He found out the girl’s name is Marie and the little toddler is her baby. It was the result of being raped. You will need to read the book to find out more about how Marie ended up on the streets.
Hans’ father was gunned down, and Hans and his family were forced to go to Miami. It was a big culture shock. Hans learned from his friends that in America, kids could disrespect their parents. The American kids were mean though. Actually, it wasn’t just the kids. He was discriminated against. His mother really wanted to return to Haiti. You will need to read the book to find out what happened in their lives.
I really kept thinking I was reading a memoir while I was reading this book. It really made me see what life in Haiti is really like. The lives of the children in Haiti is very sad. I am so glad I got the chance to read this book and find out more about it. My eyes were opened to what some people are going through.
I Am Going Where I Belong was an amazing book, and I highly recommend it. For being only 150 pages long, there really was a lot packed into it. I felt myself tearing up as I read about the lives of these poor Haitian children.
Watching this little boy fighting his mother for a lunch I probably would have wasted made me realize how fortunate I was. To them, this egg sandwich was a treasure, and to me it belonged in the trash. p.11
I was called a nigger, stupid, anda dirty Haitian by my own race, although these words had no meaning to me. “Go back to your country,” a white student once shouted at me. p.34
Even blacks that are born here in this country are not yet accepted, and they still fight for their rights and equality. p. 45
Amazing Book – Highly Recommend for Purchase!