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Goodbye Lucille
Segun Afolabi
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Goodbye Lucille

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Winner of the 2008 Authors' Club Best First Novel Award

It's Berlin; sometime in the 1980s. Vincent is an overweight, vaguely unhappy photographer who lives in a small flat in a house owned by a demented landlady. His neighbours and friends include an ex-marine transsexual escort girl, an East European refugee, a Nigerian playboy and various 'artistic types'. Vincent misses
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 5th 2010 by Vintage Digital (first published April 5th 2007)
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Dec 31, 2007 Bren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the end, I found this rather quiet book really moving. It's about a Nigerian guy, Vincent, living in Berlin in the 80s, just about making ends meet as a photographer, and neglecting his relationship with his girlfriend Lucille, who lives in London, to the point of no return. He takes pictures of fellow diasporans from all over the globe; but even this personal project is undertaken in a desultory fashion, because Vincent is a world-class slacker. And snacker. And inept skirt-chaser. I was fru ...more
Sachiko Eguchi
This was just OK. Though I felt connected to the character Vincent, Nigerian guy feeling displaced in everywhere he goes, the author could have developed more character in him. He takes life as it is and does not want to change it at all. He a little bit frustrated me in a sense that he does not want to take control of his life, but towards the end I started to understand when people cannot cherish a child or a relationship they are in, they could be seriously damaged by the past or something th ...more
Apr 25, 2014 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprised me. Pleasantly.
Oct 26, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sara by: no one
This is a book that captivated me from the first page..and with each page it became richer and teh characters fuller. It is wonderful to read about characters that aren't so often seen in mainstream contemporary literature. And a wonderul new perspective on the migrant's story and of family....
The story concludes in a genuinely moving way...
Jul 11, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. The chaotic life in Berlin seemed completely realistic and immensely interesting - the characters believable, if mental and well described. The demons and hurts of childhood and how families fail each other was brilliantly written and felt very honest. I look forward to reading more books by him.
Not at all bad - familiar themes, of loss and abandonment, but in an unusual setting - Berlin 1985. Perhaps a little overwritten occasionally, but the book does not really suffer for this. Recommended
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