Everything Good Will Come has ratings and 90 reviews. karen said: in my mind, because i am notoriously illiterate when it comes time to read the back. Everything Good Will Come is about the coming-of-age of Enitan, the chief character, as she develops from a gripping aura of innocence to an. Abstract. Sefi Atta’s debut novel Everything Good Will Come () examines the growing up of a child from adolescence to adulthood. Through these various.
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It isa year after the Biafran War, and Nigeria is under military rule–though the politics of the state matter less than those of her home to Enitan Taiwo, an eleven-year-old girl tired of waiting for school to start.
We lived by Lagos Lagoon. The book is divided into three very unequal sections, and I tried to read it again a year later but it wasn’t any more engaging. Stringy, mushy, tangy, bitter, sweet. Here’s what I hated about this book: Reading this felt like being told someone’s life story, and the Nigerian context makes it especially interesting for me as I’ve now read a few books from Nigerian authors and settings. Then she has a relationship with an artsy guy, but breaks it off when he cheats on her.
Nov 01, Emma rated it liked arta. I liked the childhood story and found Enitan’s friend, Sheri very complex and fascinating. Rather than living through colonialism, those growing up in this timeframe face the aftermath of it. The history of this novel follows Nigeria through a srfi war and into the Second and Third Republic, all times of different political powers but connected through the character’s lives.
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. This novel charts the fate of these two African girls; one who is prepared to manipulate the traditional system and one who attempts to defy it.
Everything Good Will Come
Her rebellious nature is first seen when she defies her mother’s wishes and leaves the house on Sundays to play with the girl next door, Sheri, who is considered “yellow” because her father is Muslim and her mother is a white English woman.
I find her a more natural and believable character than Enitan whose idealism and actions seem somewhat contrived. March Learn how and when coms remove this template message. Here’s what I loved about this book: The backcover blurb gives the impression that the novel is about the two girls, but Enitan is the focus. Designed by Shaila Abdullah.
I felt like I could relate to Enitan as a person, we have a lot in common but I also like how the story is set with the back story of the political situation in Nigeria at the time.
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The late afternoons, after homework, I spent on our jetty, a short wooden promenade I could walk in three steps, if I took long enough strides ztta strain the muscles between my thighs. Hmm, hva syntes jeg egentlig om den. And Africa was an onslaught of sensations, as I once tried to explain to a group of English work mates, like eating an orange.
Retrieved from ” https: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Such subtle details give the story emotional richness, and the strong focus on relationships integrates with flavourful descriptions of everyday life and political commentary. I still really liked this book, though. Mar 20, Anastasia rated it liked it Shelves: During a holiday visit home, Enitan and Sheri meet up and go to a party.
Sefi Atta’s Everything Good Will Come: A Synopsis : African Reviews
No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! There is nothing tying all these scenarios together, except that they involve the same character qtta that the challenge of goodd a modern woman in Nigeria is a prominent theme. I can see the flaws of Everything Good Will Comeand I can predict all the ways other readers might find it unappealing I’m sefk the feminism in this book is considered too didactic by readers, the time-skipping structure doesn’t seem to lift the narrative well, the book didn’t always smoothly integrate its exposition, and I was alternately in love with or frustrated by the prose–but my favorite line was, “My mother was hollow, I thought.
Entian loves an artist until that doesn’t work out, but we never really feel her pain, despite having given us an interesting new character. The balance of power was well-regulated by the British so there were little ethnic conflicts.
The idea of universalism is shown that by the fact that lthough the women of these countries may seem very different, they all face many of the same issues.
Apr 09, Loulose rated it really liked it. Dec 25, Mwayi Louise Gowelo seti it liked it. She talks about how people are being everythijg without charge, the suspension of the constitution all by the military regimes that had taken over Nigeria in order to enforce peace and discipline in the country.
Sheri is a sassy young girl sassy with a rebellious nature, constantly testing those around her, while craving the attention of any male. The war lasted from toclaiming about 3 million civilian and military casualties. Written in the voice of Enitan, the novel traces this unusual friendship into their adult lives, against the backdrop wipl tragedy, family strife, and a war-torn Nigeria.
Can be a difficult read, but a good insight into a different way of life in Nigeria.