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All you have are your words.
Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education.
As the only daughter of a broke father, she is a valuable commodity. Removed from school and sold as a third wife to an old man, Adunni's life amounts to this: four goats, two bags of rice, some chickens and a new TV. When unspeakable tragedy swiftly strikes in her new home, she is secretly sold as a domestic servant to a household in the wealthy enclaves of Lagos, where no one will talk about the strange disappearance of her predecessor, Rebecca. No one but Adunni...
As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless servant, fourteen-year-old Adunni is repeatedly told that she is nothing. But Adunni won't be silenced. She is determined to find her voice - in a whisper, in song, in broken English - until she can speak for herself, for the girls like Rebecca who came before, and for all the girls who will follow.
371 pages, Hardcover
First published February 4, 2020
We all be speaking different because we all are having different growing-up life, but we can all be understanding each other if we just take the time to listen well.
I want to ask, to scream, why are the women in Nigeria seem to be suffering for everything more than the men?
It’s an amazing story that is definitely worth a read. Adunni is inspiring, she is very determined, willful, and works hard. I also loved that no matter what she went through, she never completely lost hope even when her situation seemed to be desperate. The ending was also well-executed. I'll be keeping an eye out for Daré's future books. She proved herself to be a talented writer with this novel.
As for the audiobook:
It’s in English of course but it’s narrated in a Nigerian accent. The whole book. So some of you might not be a fan of that but for me, it worked greatly, if anything, it added to Adduni’s characterisation. I read the last few chapters and it was weird switching to reading (and I couldn’t help but think of some of the expressions as Adunni would’ve). I found the audio to be well-narrated and it definitely helped me feel the Nigerian atmosphere more. It improved my experience reading this book for sure.
I want to tell her that God is not a cement building of stones and sand. That God is not for all putting inside a house and locking Him there. I want her to know that the only way to know if a person find God and keep him in their heart is to check how the person is treating other people, if he treats people like Jesus says – with love, patience, kindness and forgiving
“This is a book that looks at women’s roles, not from a soap box, but from the ground beside them. It is poignant but never saccharine, it is painful but never exploits that pain. It is beautiful because it is ultimately a song of kindnesses. The winning book is a book of many voices, heard and unheard. But ultimately it is about one girl and her ambition to find and own her voice”
‘The Girl with the Louding Voice is a virtuosic study of female loss, determination, and of the subversive potential of words: it magnificently reveals how language constructs us as humans. With immense skill, Daré creates an irresistible energy and powerfully sustains it on every page.’
In this village, if you go to school, no one will be forcing you to marry any man. But if you didn’t go to school, they will marry you to any man once you are reaching fifteen years old. Your schooling is your voice, child. It will be speaking for you even if you didn’t open your mouth to talk. It will be speaking till the day God is calling you come.
That day I tell myself that even if I am not getting anything in this life, I will go to school. I will finish my primary and secondary and university schooling and become teacher because I don’t want to be having any kind of voice …. I want a louding voice.
"I want more than just a voice, I want a louding voice. I want to enter a room and people will hear me even before I open my mouth to be speaking."