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Every Day Is for the Thief

By: Teju Cole
Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Every Day Is for the Thief is an account of a Nigerian in the diaspora who returns home after many years abroad. The book gains its strength as much from its subject matter (contemporary Lagosian life as experienced by a visiting former resident) as from its prose style (reminiscent of John Berger and J.M. Coetzee). Teju Cole's nuanced book explores themes as diverse as the minor joys of daily Lagosian existence and the crudities of contemporary forms of corruption. His work is both a critique and a message of hope to a Nigeria rapidly in transformation.

©2014 Teju Cole (P)2014 Recorded Books

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Terrible accent and even worse pronunciations

The narrator clearly knows nothing about the pronunciation of any of the Yoruba or Igbo words used in the book. The performance was so bad it was distracting. One particularly egregious mispronunciation was of the term 419 which the author pronounced as four nineteen, instead of four one nine, the way anyone even vaguely familiar with Nigeria would pronounce it.

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  • Blair
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • 06-09-19

Really wanted to like this, but very disappointed

I really wanted to like this book. Despite that, I just couldn't get past many of the major issues in this book. The narrator's performance is poor, and does the author's voice no favors. His intonation and performance comes off as haughty and plaintive. The book's content does too, though. The author goes back to a Nigeria he seems to have few connections to anymore and spends all of his time listing all the bad things he sees. He projects all of his insecurities and personal shortcomings on the environment around him, and doesn't hesitate to make appalling generalizations on the people he sees.

Don't let this book define Nigeria, or even Lagos, for you. Please.

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Resonated with the Protagonist

Teju writes beautifully drawing me into a world of reflection nostalgia and musing of African life in post colonial settings.