No. I found the book condescending to Africans in the same way that Disney's "Songs of the South" was condescending to African Americans.
No. His very, very white male authorial voice counterpointed by a black female protagonist makes the book jarring and painful.
Urbane, Flat, Slooooow.
All of them. They're very, very flat and stereotypical.
Truthfully, the protagonist reminds me of no one other than Brer Rabbit, with all the trickster stuff and class problems and the rest. The book is obviously written by a white male who thinks he has a clue about women and being black, but what comes out is how little he does know below the surface. Very disappointing book.
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