Every Day Is for the Thief

Every Day Is for the Thief

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2014
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"Visiting Lagos after many years away, Teju Cole's unnamed narrator rediscovers his hometown as both a foreigner and a local. A young writer uncertain of what he wants to say, the man moves through tableaus of life in one of the most dynamic cities in the world: he hears the muezzin's call to prayer in the early morning light, and listens to John Coltrane during the late afternoon heat. He witnesses teenagers diligently perpetrating e-mail frauds from internet cafes, longs after a woman reading Michael Ondaatje on a public bus, and visits the impoverished National Museum. Along the way, he reconnects with old school friends and his family, who force him to ask himself profound questions of personal and national history. Over long, wandering days, the narrator compares present-day Lagos to the Lagos of his memory, and in doing so reveals changes that have taken place in himself. Just as Open City uses New York to reveal layers of the narrator's soul, in Every Day is for the Thief the complex, beautiful, generous, and corrupt city of Lagos exposes truths about our protagonist, and ourselves"--
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781490600659
1490600655
Branch Call Number: CD F COL

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joehobson
Oct 15, 2015

As someone that knows little about Nigeria, this was an interesting way to learn about a different culture. It starts out as a simple "returning home" story, but as it goes along you get deeper into the thoughts and feelings and backstory of the narrator, which is where the real value is.
The only strange thing to me is that the audiobook is read by an older British man, which didn't fit what I expected from the writer's voice. Would have been better if Teju Cole could have narrated it himself.

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