Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers


Imbolo Mbue

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An old friend of Jende’s from Limbe. Jende recalls that he was shaped like “a tree trunk.” However, in a dream that Jende has about doublers on the eve of Lehman Brothers’ collapse, Bosco appears slender and tall. Bosco once asked Jende for money to pay for his wife to go to a specialist “for pain and swelling in her right breast.” Jende promised to provide the money but didn’t and feels guilty about it.

Bosco Quotes in Behold the Dreamers

The Behold the Dreamers quotes below are all either spoken by Bosco or refer to Bosco. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Sustainability of the American Dream Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Behold the Dreamers published in 2016.
Chapter 26 Quotes

By all accounts, no one in Limbe had ever given money to a money doubler and gotten the money doubled […] And yet people continued to give to them, falling into the trap of crafty young men who walked up to them on the street and visited them in their homes, promising quick and high returns on their money through incomprehensible means. One woman at Sapa Road had been so enraptured by the two charming men in suits who visited her at home that she’d given them all of her life's savings for double the money in three months’ time. Her hope, the story around Limbe went, was that she would use the doubled money to buy a ticket for her only son to move to America. But the doublers did not return on the appointed day. Or the day after. Or the month after. Destroyed, the woman had eaten rat poison and died, leaving the son to bury her.

Related Characters: Jende Jonga, Bosco
Related Symbols: The Doublers
Page Number: 169-170
Explanation and Analysis:
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Bosco Character Timeline in Behold the Dreamers

The timeline below shows where the character Bosco appears in Behold the Dreamers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 26
The Sustainability of the American Dream Theme Icon
Class and Interdependency Theme Icon
...Brothers, Jende has a dream. He’s back in Limbe, strolling the market with his friend Bosco, who, though actually a sturdily built man, appears “slender and tall.” The singing gamblers, who... (full context)
The Sustainability of the American Dream Theme Icon
The Modern Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Class and Interdependency Theme Icon
...time Jende wakes up on the morning of Lehman Brothers’ collapse, he’s already forgotten about Bosco and his dream about the doublers. Cindy gives Jende the day off. He uses the... (full context)