- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: W&N (4 Mar. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753826976
- ISBN-13: 978-0753826973
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 2.8 x 14.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I Do Not Come to You by Chance Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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poignantly funny (WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY)
sparklingly funny debut novel (WIRED MAGAZINE)
In this touching tale, the Nigerian author traces a "419" plot back a generation - a generation full of hope and promise. (PRIDE MAGAZINE)
[Nwaubani] not merely explores a side of modern existence that touches millions every day, but does so with wit, warmth and insight. (Boyd Tonkin THE INDEPENDENT)
[Nwaubani's] pointed and poignant first novel is a lively, good-humored and provocative examination of the truth behind a global inbox of deceit. (THE WASHINGTON POST)
This is a fast, fresh, often hilarious first novel, by one of the remarkably talented young African writers who are rapidly making everyone else look stale. (THE TIMES)
Nwaubani does a great job of detailing the frantic pulse of urban Nigeria (TIME OUT)
beautifully written... More than just a brilliant read, it also turns the whole idea of Nigerian 419 scams neatly on its head, using wit and warm humour to bring to life the stories of the email recipients themselves. (SUNDAY HERALD)
A vivid, warm and very funny debut novel set against the colourful back-drop of modern Nigeria.See all Product Description
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"At first, it was difficult. Composing cock-and-bull tales, with every single word an untruth, including `is' and `was'. Blasting SOS emails around the world, hoping that someone would swallow the bait and respond. But I was probably worrying myself for nothing. They were just a bunch of email addresses with no real people at the other end anyway. Besides, who on this earth was stupid enough to fall prey to an email from a stranger in Nigeria?"
The plot was quite simple and the writing wasn't particularly beautiful, but the insight into the life of an email scammer had me hooked. I was fascinated by their activities - continually amazed by what they managed to get away with. I'd love to know how many of the events in this book had actually occurred. This is one of those books that I was telling everyone about, unable to believe that people actually respond to those dodgy emails we all get.
This book also had a very African feel to it. I loved the snippets of African mythology, all presented in a way that was easy for me to understand. It also raised some thought provoking questions, mainly revolving around whether or not it is OK to steal from the gullible rich, to give to the poorest in society.
Overall this was an amusing, insightful and ultimately uplifting tale about an underground world I previously knew nothing about.
Kingsley is a likeable, although not truly loveable, character. Certainly it is possible to sympathise with him, despite his criminal activities, partly because many of us in the same position may well resort to the same measures. By showing his transformation from an unemployed graduate watching his family descend into more and more abject poverty, to a morally conflicted, rich-but-unhappy fraudster, the reader is able to see Kingsley as a person rather than simply defined by his chosen `career'. This is essential for making the novel work - the reader is never sure if they are secretly cheering for Kingsley or wishing he'd get his comeuppance. Other characters in the novel are also well drawn, particularly the charismatic but rather grotesque `Cash Daddy', a character who manages to exert the same inexplicable pull from the page as he does in real life.
It's a great idea for a story and generally well executed. It's certainly easy to read and reasonably compelling, especially in the final section. The view of life in Nigeria, particularly the corruption that pervades everyday life and enables such enterprises to flourish, is very interesting.Read more ›
The novel centres on Kingsley, a young engineering graduate, from a loving and supportive, but poor, family who pride themselves on education being a route to a successful and valued life. Unfortunately, he is unable to get a job in a country where having the right contacts and offering the right bribes are more important than having excellent qualifications. As the first-born male, it is Kingsley's responsibility to see his siblings through education which, as this is very costly, is a big worry. His worries increase even more with the illness of his British-educated civil servant father who requires urgent and expensive hospital treatment and the signs that his girlfriend and her mother are both tiring of the delays in the couple's marriage.
His father's once-skinny brother, Boniface, now larger-than-life, very rich, and known as "Cash Daddy", through his network of complex internet scam activities, offers his nephew the necessary funding and then takes him into the business. Since we have all received such e-mails we are primed to understand and enjoy the topic of the author's story.
Kingsley is less than honest about his distaste for his increasing wealth and what it can buy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
intriguing characters and a fascinating juxtaposition of different segments of nigerian society and the forces that motivate them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by miles
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As an Igbo person, I could relate with it. However, it finished so abruptly it was unsatisfactory.Published 2 months ago by kendokeny
'I Do Not Come to You by Chance' is a story of the email scam, seen through the eyes of a young Nigerian, freshly caught in the 'industry'. Read morePublished 3 months ago by AK
I liked this book. It was well written and as an Igbo person, I found her expressions really funny.
The only downside for me was the plot, it wasn't that exciting for me. Read more
I got this book from the library and absolutely enjoyed it, it was both entertaining and hilarious, I found myself bursting out in laughter a number of times. Good job Adaobi!Published 4 months ago by I.T.
very good book, learnt and understood alot on 419, i would read this again.Published 5 months ago by Vivienne Ekpo
Great read. Very perceptive and "read true" to the subject matter. Defo recommend for lovers of Nigerian literature!Published 8 months ago by Jono Blaze
A plate of Hilarious, intelligent and mind pulling drama. I could read this over and over again. I've even noted some of the jokes down for later use.Published 10 months ago by Ifro