Every Day Is for the Thief

Every Day Is for the Thief


Book - 2014
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Returning to Lagos after several years in New York City, a young Nigerian writer rediscovers his hometown as both a foreigner and a local while reconnecting with old friends, comparing Lagos to the home of his memory and realizing how he himself has changed.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2014]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780812995787
Branch Call Number: FIC COLE, TEJU
Characteristics: 162 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Oct 22, 2015

Cole returns to Nigeria from New York City after a 15 year absence and comments on changes in Nigeria and in himself.

Aug 08, 2015

I was a little disappointed that this book was not quite at the level as Cole's first novel Open City, which took a similar approach of a narrator giving impressions and revealing memories as he wanders around a city. But while Open City added a few plot elements which played off this charming, introspective background to almost shocking effect, Every Day does not. In some ways this makes sense, as this book was largely written before Open City, and has simply been reworked and published after it. The writing is less assured and Cole stumbles a couple of times when trying to transition through time in his narration, making it seem like this indeed is his first novel.

Still there are scenes of great power and the descriptions and observations are often quite startling. One hopes that Cole's talent is still developing, because if so then the next book should be amazing.

Dec 21, 2014

Stunningly relatable to anyone who's gone home to Beijing or Bangalore and realized that they no longer have the bribe-muscles to live there.

Jul 27, 2014

An excellent read giving enormous insight into how the economy functions in Nigeria, the basis of which is the art of palm greasing, whether it be an 'early' xmas present or a direct bribe.
the story is of a Nigerian man who has lived in New York for many years but returns home and is shocked , but not surprised in a way, the level, extent and overtness of corruption at all levels of society. He attempts to rail against it at first but finds his principles compromised when renewing his passport. A touching, sad, but also uplifting tale of the reality of life in some countries- as Nigeria is not the only country to operate under such largesse.

Mar 27, 2014

Matter of fact storytelling, more a memoir or travelogue than a novel. The book is dotted with instantly forgettable photographs by the author.


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