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Doing Dangerously Well

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A dark comedy about disaster capitalism, cutthroat office politics, vicious sibling rivalry, hapless do-gooderism and the corporatization of water.

When a humanitarian catastrophe strikes Nigeria, an unforgettable cast of Machiavellian opportunists and quixotic do-gooders swoop in to make the most of the tragedy.

Some time in the near future, Kainji Dam, the engineering marv
ebook, 291 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Random House Canada
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well... that was a bit of a hot-mess, that was. the frustrating thing is there is a really important story here. but it's buried under inconsistent storytelling, and utterly nonsensical moments. i completely recognize this is a satire, but excellent satire is really hard to do well and enahoro just doesn't pull it off with this novel. i wish she had. i really, really do. i think that enahoro did a huge disservice to her story by telling it through the lens of caricatures, instead of characters. ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read. It's always a pleasure to read a (partially) Canadian author with something important to say. Unfortunately this satirical stab at water rights sometimes falls a little flat. With a convoluted plot and a number of forgettable characters, the action sometimes stagnates but it is overall a readable tale. There are achingly beautiful passages as well as cringe-worthy, often on the same page. Ultimately for me it is Enahoro's uneven storytelling that left me feeling disappointed in w ...more
Apanakhi Buckley
Carole Enahoro ventures to write a science fiction novel about the near future in which bursting damns and battles over water pit environmentalists against corrupt politicians. Set in Nigeria, her novel offers new perspectives on water and people who cannot afford to take it for granted.
Jul 23, 2013 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and sometimes pointed, but other times too scattered. In particular, I thought there was too much of the Barbara side story - her role in the protests was one thing, but all of the background about her life seemed like it belonged in a different book.
Jun 23, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wickedly funny...if you have a dark sense of humour. A Nigerian dam collapses and all sorts of amoral people in Nigeria and Canada get ready to make a profit...disaster capitalism...what a concept.
Broad satire that leaves no one unscathed. It's a bit scattered and I suspect two very good novels could have been made from this.
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Carole Enahoro was born in London of a Nigerian father and an English mother, and grew up in Nigeria, Britain and Canada, and still shares her time among the three.

With a background in art history and film, she has worked as a filmmaker, journalist and lecturer, while pursuing an abiding interest in political and social issues.

She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the UK researching spat
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