I Do Not Come to You by Chance Paperback
A vivid, warm and very funny debut novel set against the colourful back-drop of modern Nigeria. Kingsley is fresh out of university, eager to find an engineering job so he can support his family and marry the girl of his dreams.
Being the opara of the family, he is entitled to certain privileges - a piece of meat in his egusi soup, a party to celebrate his graduation.
But times are hard in Nigeria and jobs are not easy to come by. For much of his young life, Kingsley believed that education was everything, that through wisdom, all things were possible.
But when a tragedy befalls his family, Kingsley learns the hardest lesson of all: education may be the language of success in his country, but it is money that does the talking. In desperation he turns to his uncle, Boniface-aka Cash Daddy-an exuberant character who suffers from elephantiasis of the pocket.
He is also rumoured to run a successful empire of email scams. But he can help. With Cash Daddy's intervention, Kingsley and his family can be as safe as a tortoise under its shell. It is up to Kingsley now, to reconcile his passion for knowledge with his hunger for money, to fully assume his role of first son. But can he do it without being drawn into this outlandish milieu?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 04/03/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780753826973
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Review by herschelian
Cracking first novel, a satirical look at Nigeria where successive governments - riddled with corruption - have failed the citizens and they are left to make their own way as best they can. Having recieved several letters/faxes/emails over the years all of which were 419 scams, it was really interesting to see the professionalism with which the scammers approach their dupes. The author leaves things morally ambiguous. Kingsley Ibe, the hero, starts life with high ideals and great hopes, but life in Nigeria takes him by the scruff of the neck and turns him into the man he never expected to be. This is a great book for a bookgroup to discuss. I look forward to the next book by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani.