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People of the City by Cyprian Ekwensi

People of the City

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People of the City by Cyprian Ekwensi
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Jun 09, 2020 | ISBN 9781681374291

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“Electric. . . . Ekwensi paints a vivid picture of cultural cacophony in a modernizing Nigeria filled with colonizers, revolutionaries, dreamers, and schemers. The mesmerizing tale and its feckless, frustrating protagonist provide stark glimpses into the class struggles, misogyny, and violence that often lurk beneath a bustling metropolis.” —Publishers Weekly

“Lagos was a central character in much of Ekwensi’s fiction, portrayed with undertones of the noir thriller, his episodic style mirroring the urgency and restlessness of the city. His lower-middle-class characters . . . are stripped naked in public, confront nasty landlords, battle inane bureaucracies, have pepper put into their vaginas, die of political violence, seduce powerful politicians, commit murder-suicides and contract sexually transmitted diseases; one senses verisimilitude in Ekwensi’s unabashed melodrama. . . . The women did a lot of hip-swinging but they were often wonderfully bold.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Guardian

“People of the City tells the story of a young crime reporter who doubles as a bandleader in a large west African city. As one British critic wrote, the novel said more about west Africa than 50 government reports.” —Shola Adenekan, The Guardian

“One of the most prolific African writers of the twentieth century.” —Charles Larson

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