Every Day Is for the Thief In Cole's outstanding debut, Open City , a young Nigerian man wanders around New York City, chronicling his observations. In Every Day Is for the… Every Day Is for the Thief In Cole's outstanding debut, Open City , a young Nigerian man wanders around New York City, chronicling his observations. In Every Day Is for the… 2014-03-25 Fiction Random House
Book Review

Every Day Is For The Thief (2014)

EVERY DAY IS FOR THE THIEF Teju Cole
EVERY DAY IS FOR THE THIEF Teju Cole
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 25, 2014; Writer: Teju Cole; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Random House

In Cole's outstanding debut, Open City, a young Nigerian man wanders around New York City, chronicling his observations. In Every Day Is for the Thief, another roaming Nigerian chronicles everything he sees — this time during a homecoming in Lagos after 13 years in the U.S. Through the eyes of his unnamed narrator, Cole evokes Nigeria — its vibrancy, its corruption, its contradictions. But without a character to root for, the descriptions lack emotional heft. Every Day Is for the Thief feels more like literary reportage than a novel. B

Originally posted Apr 02, 2014 Published in issue #1306 Apr 11, 2014 Order article reprints
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