A Novel

Book - 2016
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Furo Wariboko--born and bred in Lagos--wakes up on the morning of his job interview to discover he has turned into a white man. As he hits the city streets running, still reeling from his new-found condition, Furo finds the dead ends of his life open out before him. As a white man in Nigeria, the world is seemingly his oyster--except for one thing: despite his radical transformation, Furo's ass remains robustly black.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Graywolf Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781555977337
Branch Call Number: BARRE
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 11, 2017

This is a novel about metamorphoses and a satire about the transformation of a black man to a white man and how he is consequently treated differently. The author makes his point, but parts of the book are weak (e.g., the section of tweets) and the story gets away from him.

LPL_KateG Mar 09, 2016

I had some mixed feelings here. The storyline was not the most well-developed one in the world, and sort of petered out at the end. THAT BEING SAID! I can't express how much I enjoyed the rich and evocative descriptions Barrett provided. His depictions of Lagos - its busy streets and delicious foods - came to life on the page. I also loved the use of Nigerian Pidgin English and would recommend for help with translating! It's worth it.

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