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Every Day Is For The Thief

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EVERY DAY IS FOR THE THIEF Teju Cole

Every Day Is for the Thief

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Teju Cole
publisher:
Random House
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

In Cole’s outstanding debut, Open City, a young Nigerian man wanders around New York City, chronicling his observations. In Every Day Is for the Thief, another roaming Nigerian chronicles everything he sees — this time during a homecoming in Lagos after 13 years in the U.S. Through the eyes of his unnamed narrator, Cole evokes Nigeria — its vibrancy, its corruption, its contradictions. But without a character to root for, the descriptions lack emotional heft. Every Day Is for the Thief feels more like literary reportage than a novel. B