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The Carnivorous City

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Sabato Rabato aka Soni Dike is a Lagos big boy; a criminal turned grandee, with a beautiful wife, a sea-side mansion and a questionable fortune. Then one day he disappears and his car is found in a ditch, music blaring from the speakers.

Soni’s older brother, Abel Dike, a teacher, arrives in Lagos to look for his missing brother. Abel is rapidly sucked into the unforgiving
Paperback, 241 pages
Published October 3rd 2016 by Cassava Republic Press
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William Kasina
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
(Gives me so much joy to be the third reviewer in a book up in here. Checks off bucketlist)

Toni Kan takes us in a journey through the carnivorous city of Lagos. The city that wants to constantly devour and its insatiable hunger will never be satisafied until the millions are all consumed. But then if the millions are consumed will it still be Lagos? I doubt. Even the city itself knows and that's why as it eats it makes sure to recreate or replenish that which it has eaten.

Abel receives word of h
Michael Stanley
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lagos is the protagonist of this book. We see the city from multiple angles, multiple extremes. An argument over a few naira can lead to a riot, dropping hundreds of thousands at a night club on champagne nothing special.

Abel Dike is a teacher in a regional town. He’s more or less content until he receives a text message: Soni is missing. Soni is his younger brother who has made his fortune in Lagos. It’s never spelled out just what Soni does, but it’s obviously highly illegal and enormously luc
The Book Banque
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
 The book starts fast-paced: “Soni is missing.” Soni is ostensibly swallowed by Lagos, as the city does ‘big boys’. As the reader reads on, what one comes to realise soon is that The Carnivorous City is not about Soni or Lagos Big Boys. Soni - also known as Sabato -  is just an excuse for Lagos to devour her latest victim, and the book is a front row seat to watch the beast feed on Abel, Soni’s brother who has been called out of his quiet Asaba life as a lecturer, and into his brother’s extravag ...more
Temi Adefioye
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A friend loaned me this book when I was reading another, and although I did not plan to read it until later, I flipped through and read some lines and immediately I knew I was going to read it sooner than I expected.
The book gives a vivid description of the typical Lagos life and the different characters that make Lagos what it is. From the 'big boys' who do crime for a living and their families, to the corrupt everyday people who will do anything to make money, and the nightlife of Lagos-clubbi
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book to an extent. I loved the premise of the story. I love the way the author contrasts Soni and Abel, 2 brothers who deeply loved themselves but love can be tainted especially when Lagos is involved! Lol. Soni goes missing and Abel has to fill the shoes that his brother left. In the 2 months of Soni's disappearance, Abel learns so much about his brother. Things and characteristics his brother had but he never knew.
The author showed quite well how Lagos is a mix of many things bu
Amaka Azie
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. A story about Abel a quiet and introverted lecturer forced to leave his mundane life in Asaba when his brother, Soni, a wealthy Lagos thug goes missing.
Soon he is immersed in the hustle of Lagos and finds himself doing and saying things he previously found repulsive—things he condemned his brother for. He pretty much turns into his brother.
It is well written, witty and downright hilarious sometimes.

I definitely recommend!
Wole Talabi
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A short but fast-paced and highly entertaining read about a very hyperstylized, oversexualized version of Lagos and what it can do to a man that isn't ready for it. A bit wonky in parts on the dialogue but and but enjoyable, great sense of place and a good weaving plot and central character.
Dylan Groves
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Biased because author located a house for me in Lagos (although not nearly as wealthy or exciting as the ones he depicts here)
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am ordinarily scared of the city Lagos. This book, hasn't helped.

The city takes as much as it gives.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book... the descriptions of Lagos, the way Lagos was portrayed as the protagonist, the character development of Abel..... everything was on point..... it is an absolute delight!!
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