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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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Atta. Everything Good Will Come introduces an important new voice in contemporary fiction. 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.
Will her mother, who has become deeply religious since the death o Everything Good Will Come introduces an important new voice in contemporary fiction. Will her mother, who has become deeply religious since the death of Taiwo’s brother, allow her friendship with the new girl next door, the brash and beautiful Sheri Bakare?
Everything Good Will Come charts the fate of these two African girls, one born of privilege and the other, a lower class “half-caste”; one who is prepared to manipulate the traditional system while the other attempts to defy it.
Written in the voice of Enitan, the novel traces this unusual friendship into their adult lives, against the backdrop of tragedy, family strife, and a war-torn Nigeria. In the end, Everything Good Will Come is Enitan’s story; one of a fiercely intelligent, strong young woman coming of age in a culture that still insists on feminine submission.
Coem bucks the familial and political systems until she is confronted with the one desire too precious to forfeit in the name of personal freedom: Everything Good Will Come evokes the sights and smells of Africa while imparting a wise and universal story of love, friendship, prejudice, survival, politics, and the ccome of divided loyalties.
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Be the first to ask a question about Everything Good Will Come. Lists with This Book. Feb 17, karen ztta it really liked it Shelves: View all 21 comments. Mar 24, Zanna rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 tood and settings.
The friendship between the two women is the most goos th 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. The friendship between the godo women is the most attractive thing about the narrative to me and Sheri’s sparkiness provides some needed leaven. Both of them have to negotiate a position in a culture that has limiting and exacting expectations of women and they meet the sexism they experience in totally different styles.
It was good to see stubborn Enitan admitting she had learned from Sheri, and confident Sheri taking advice from Enitan when she needed it. Such subtle details give the story comd richness, and the strong focus on relationships integrates with flavourful descriptions of everyday life and political commentary. Atta’s eferything, unornamented but sure-footed wil, witty style binds everything together to give the impression of real autobiography, told chronologically and without foreshadowing.
Enitan’s changing priorities move the narrative forward, rather than a storytelling voice shaping and smoothing. Instead of leading to a central crisis, the story is set in a zone of unrelenting tension, where the emergence of Enitan’s political consciousness roots in the reader a deepening sense of Nigeria’s problems.
Atta doesn’t explain, rather the text embodies the losses and conflicts of community and tradition in the age of extractivism; for example Enitan discovers in her relationship with an artist her limited knowledge of her Yoruba heritage, and remembers her mother’s flamboyant style of wikl before she became absorbed in the church, and yb possible to read the creeping cultural homogenisation of global neoliberalism in the language and desires of the characters, for example the way economic problems are blamed on Muslim ‘Northerners’.
However, the focus on personal happiness and self-determination rang my social justice bells pleasantly.
This is an easy read with far-from-easy themes. View all 4 comments. Jun 15, Samir Rawas Sarayji rated it did not like it Shelves: What a technically flawed mess!
Sefi Atta :: Everything Good Will Come
And hours of my life I’ll never get back: This novel started out so promising and became more interesting as all good novels should, until pageand then The book is divided into three very unequal sections, and The section sees the protagonist Enitan in her childhood, developing a friendship with Sheri the next door girl which she is forbidden to spend time with although it is never made clear why this, but she goes ahead an Shame!
The section sees the protagonist Enitan in her childhood, developing a friendship with Sheri the next door girl which she is forbidden to spend time with although it is never made clear why this, but she goes ahead anyway.
It’s in this friendship that the character’s differences shine through and like all well-described relationships, we begin to understand what makes these characters tick and we find out what we like or dislike about them.
And we begin to understand Entian’s parents and their dysfunctionality towards one another. Also, the section takes place in scenes showing us all the action awesome.
So, great, I’m emotionally invested. Btw, this is the best section of the book and the shortest at 70 pages. The section manages to maintain my interest, Entian and Sheri are now teenagers with very different lives. Yet when they meet back in Lagos, the relationship is not what it should be.
The dialogue shows signs of slipping into banter and only becomes more so. The dynamics of their relationship is no longer a focal point, so the emotional development of these characters weakens. Instead, and to horrible effect, they become more self-reflective of the failures about their country.
Fair enough, young adults trying to make a start in life often find blame in the system or in others as a reason to why it’s all too hard. But note that this is a complete shift in the tone of the book from where we started and where we’re now going. The other shift is in Entian’s parents’ failure to succeed as a couple and all the reasons associated with that. But the parents are never really developed at the internal level, and Entian’s thoughts lack real feeling, leaving me in a cerebral mess trying to figure out what I’m supposed to take from all this, because, lo and behold, I’m no longer emotionally invested.
Fortunately, there are still lots of scenes, although the narrative interruptions with Entian’s thoughts are increasing. The section is an abomination. Sheri is now a secondary character.
The parents are now caricatures sill a divorced, resentful couple. 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. Then she meets her husband-to-be, who is as flat as a sheet of paper. The dialogue is endless banter, and frustratingly redundant. Scenes have become long narrative exposes in Entian’s head, and they are about the demise of Nigeria, the political situation in Nigeria, the perception of Nigeria And sefii repetition, it goes on and on.
The last section started on pageand on pageI couldn’t take it anymore.
I decided to skip to the last ten pages. I didn’t miss a food. I saw how she wrapped up everything and it was just more of the same.
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Worse yet, the social commentary went all the way to the end. The saddest part of all is that Entian is only interesting in the first section of the book! Along the way, I was more interested in Sheri and in the artist boyfriend In some ways I don’t blame the writer, but the publisher and the editor for not sitting down Ms. Atta and explaining to her why her choices for the novel are bad, how it is a breach of the reader’s trust, and in what ways she can fix it throw the last section in the incinerator and rewrite is like the first.
Don’t waste your time reading this. Nov 20, Madolyn Chukwu rated it really liked it. I have always maintained that women are the ones who can write best on matters that pertain to them, and this excellent book proves this. Here in this her novel we can see the plight and travails of women, no matter how educated or comfortable they might be.
Finding a partner, religion and how it can affect the lady, miscarriages, delicate choices, etc — all is written about convincingly here. The main character Enitan, is one all wom I have always maintained that women are the ones who can write best on matters that pertain to them, and this excellent book proves this. The main character Enitan, is one all women can identify with including her love for her father ; and even men would see that this is a very vivid, convincing story.
This is an interesting and colorful, but also disjointed and rushed, story of a young woman growing up in Lagos, Nigeria. Unlike a lot of African literature, this book seems aimed more at insiders than outsiders unsurprising since it specifically discusses this issuewith the result that the story and setting seem complex and authentic, although some of the dialogue was confusing to me as an American reader.
When we first meet our narrator, Enitan, she is an only child in a well-off but unhappy household, and finds her new best friend in the next-door neighbor of whom her parents disapprove.
Then Enitan goes off to boarding school; when she returns home for vacation, she witnesses something terrible happen to her friend. Then she goes to London to complete her education, becomes a lawyer and works there for awhile. Then she tires of England, returns to Lagos, and clashes with her father. Then she has a relationship with an artsy guy, but breaks it off when he cheats on her.
There is nothing tying all these scenarios together, except that they involve the same character and that the challenge of being a modern woman in Nigeria is a prominent theme. Her characters and settings are interesting, her ideas well-expressed and her scenes vivid. This book contains the seeds of at least three excellent novels; I wish the author had chosen and nurtured one of them rather than stuffing seemingly everything she wanted to write all into one book.
Everything Good Will Come
Many of the scenes and situations in the book are fresh and painfully real, giving glimpses of what a great book this could be if the author focused in and fully developed a few of them. Many readers have apparently disliked Enitan. And she is a well-educated urban professional with a strong sense of herself and her opinions. How can we fully sympathize with her dissatisfaction when she puts herself in these situations and we don’t understand why?