I do not come to you chance. Upon my quest for a trusted and reliable foreign businessman or company, I was given your contact by the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I hope that you can be trusted to handle a contract of this magnitude…. I’m willing to bet my very existence that your mail inbox is filled with e-mails such as this. These e-mails trigger a variety of emotions ranging from irritation to disdain and to amusement depending on how well they are framed.
The book covers the travails of Kingsley Ibe who has a good education and a promising career ahead of him. Life however does not go according to plan with the economic crisis which makes it next to impossible to get a job even for first class graduates. Fate deals him a cruel hand when his father falls ill and the family is unable to afford the treatment needed to save his life. His sweetheart dumps him because he can’t provide for her and thus sees no future in their relationship. Kingsley decides to join the 419 business of his uncle, Boniface aka Cash Daddy. And thus begins the major conflict of this story. Kingsley’s values or standards are put to the test and we see how he gradually descends to the pull of the fast life.
I do not come to you by chance was like ganja. I could not put it down while reading it especially in the second part of the novel.
It was that addictive.
The plot was relatively simple.
The language was easy to follow and the way she uses words brought joy to my heart. Though her use of similes and metaphors left much to be desired…. For example, “He was as handsome as paint”. All my life I have never heard handsome been used to describe paint. I have heard words like brilliant, vivid, dazzling and intense been used in describing paint never handsome. At first, I thought she was been sarcastic, but the person been described is actually handsome. Another example, “Her voice was like a beautiful flower…. #DEAD. Numerous examples like this abound throughout the course of the novel.
The character development of this novel was superb…. A+++. We were introduced to so many characters with colorful names like World Bank, Protocol officer and my favorite character Boniface…. This is guy is so sleek. He would probably be able to sell Don Jazzy beats to D’banj himself. The novel had an African feel to it. I also learned yet another tale of why the tortoise has a cracked shell.
The novel is a classic moral tale with a Robin Hood twist. Adaobi doesn’t shy away from ugly truths. She examines both sides of the coin; that of the mugu and the grifter. Two recommendations need to be done with utmost care: a book and a babe. If the wrong recommendations are made, a long hiss may follow your future recommendations. As a rule, I hesitate greatly before recommending either….
However I greatly recommend this novel. Though it has it flaws, the positives far outweigh the negative.
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