Furo Wariboko – born and bred in Lagos – wakes up on the morning of his job interview to discover he has turned into a white man. As he hits the city streets running, still reeling from his new-found condition, Furo finds the dead ends of his life open out before him. As a white man in Nigeria, the world is seemingly his oyster – except f ...more
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The idea for the book while unique was not thoroughly executed. There are so many places Barrett could have taken this plot but we were mo ...more
I was less convinced of the novel's gender politics (the female characters are all either fairly angelic or awful), and the transgender twist i ...more
This is...odd. It's a great satirical premise, but the author doesn't do a huge amount with it. Furo benefits hugely from whiteness--people fall over themselves to offer him jobs, are ready to loan him money, women throw themselves at him. But that's about as fa ...more
I don't know what to say about this book. I had high hopes but it just wasn't for me. Although there were some metaphoric themes scattered here and there, overall I felt it was a bunch of words that went no where.
The premise of Furo, a young Nigerian man waking up to discover that he's now white however his "ass" remains black sounded intriguing but the story fell flat. Although Furo believes his whiteness will afford him many special opportunities in Lagos, he soon learns that being ...more
And thus begins Furo's journey to find himself and his place now as a white man who speaks like a native-born Nigerian in Nigeria's preeminent city, Lagos.
Blackass is more than ju ...more
Furo wakes up in this strange body, goes for a job interview and finds doors opening for him ...more
When Furo wakes up as a white man on the morning of a job intervi ...more
BlackAss is the story of main character, Furo Wariboko, a thirty three years old Nigerian Male, who wakes up one morning to find himself a white man! The text is set in present day Lagos, Nigeria; and follows the life of Wariboko, as he wakes up to this change. It explores majorly the idea of racial superiority, stereotypes, gender classification, identity crisis, and the woman question.
In a way, ...more
As I think of Furo Wariboko, victim-of-a-strange-circumstance-turned-master-manipulator, I remember the quote that says, "Character is revealed under pressure/in a crisis".
Every review of this book proclaims how it's a sharp social commentary, and reading those I was like, 'no shit...it's a book about a black man who suddenly turns white'—but in fact there's a subtler, more incisive point to be made about gender and sex. Of course, the perception of whiteness, and in particular of a white man who can walk the walk/talk the talk of a native Nigerian is there, but there's also Furo's—the protagonist's—reliance on a woman who is the mistress of a wealthy man ...more
The book started out well. Furo's was an interesting character at first. Then it started going all over the place. Too much happened in the book and story felt flat. I really hoped it would pick up, so I continued to struggle through it. I got to the end and was annoyed that I made myself struggle through it.
The Twitter bits annoyed me and slowed me down because I had ...more
Furo Wariboko woke up and he had turned white. Naturally, I feel the need to ask why? Here’s an unemployed 33-year-old university graduate still living in his parent’s home, he’s understandably struggling with self-esteem issues and so on; but why turn white? Well, you won’t find your answer here. The author tells us to take it or leave it, he turned white. End of story. Let’s move on.
Furo definitely doesn’t waste any time moving on, 2 hours into his transformation and he’s already reaping the b...more
This premise is incredible; it is super intriguing. But unfortunately, I found it very underwhelming. One of my biggest critics ...more
I ordered this book because the premise interested me - the story of a young Nigerian who awakes one morning to find himself white. It was a satire about race, but one that didn't feel the need to hammer you by overdoing it. Though I've read reviewers that feel otherwise, I liked that the story didn't really conclude and tie up the loose ends, but rather just leaves us wondering how everything will work out. I was also really intrigued by the narration of the book, as it changed between ...more
Oh and did the book seem to have an unnerving thirst for intricate descriptions of anything and everything?
The Infusion of Twitterverse, Igoni's (sudden) transformation, Furo's unbelievab ...more
His father is the Jamaican poet and ...more