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The Girl With the Louding Voice (2020) 1,477 exemplars
And So I Roar: A Novel (2024) 1 exemplars

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This is narrated by 14-year-old Adunni, in very stilted, ungrammatical English to start with. This makes it difficult to understand at first, but I soon became used to it. I found the first half of the book thoroughly depressing, albeit eye-opening about the terrible situation of many girls in Nigeria.

I almost gave up, but it was a selection for our book group, so I kept going - thankful that I had paid just 99p for a Kindle special offer - and the second half was much more engaging. I found Adunni a bit naive at times, and it was hard to believe that someone undernourished, doing hard physical labour for 15 hours a day (and being regularly beaten by her 'madam') could remain so feisty and outspoken. But I started feeling more empathy for her and found the ending encouraging.

Whether or not someone likes the book, it's a story that should educate people around the world about some terrible abuses that are still happening. I doubt if I'll read it again, but I'm glad I finished it.

Longer review here:
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SueinCyprus | Hi ha 46 ressenyes més | Feb 5, 2024 |
The fourteen-year-old narrator of Abi Daré’s debut novel, The Girl with the Louding Voice, is determined to fulfill her late mother’s ambition for her to get an education. As Adunni’s mother lay dying, her father promised Adunni would be educated, but both she and her brother are pulled out of school and, even worse, her father essentially sells her to a much older man who already has two wives and four daughters, where she endures this man’s brutality. To effect her escape from the remote Nigerian village, she accepts assistance from the brother of a woman her mother knew in hopes of finding a better future in the modern city of Lagos. But she is essentially sold into indentured servitude (slavery really, since the man steals her money), serving a wicked and cruel, wealthy Nigerian woman whose husband is an abusive sexual predator. The “louding voice” she desires appears to be a metaphor for having a say in her future.

The story is heartwarming and enlightening, told in an interesting English dialect (one that knows the foundations of English vocabulary, but not the nuances of tense and grammar), by a girl who persists in her sometimes naïve, but always honest and refreshing, struggle to get the education her mother wanted for her so she in turn could teach the children of her village.
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bschweiger | Hi ha 46 ressenyes més | Feb 4, 2024 |
Adunni wants to go to school, be a teacher, and find and use her louding voice to speak up for herself. This was something her mother wanted for her, and made Adunni's father promise to let Adunni be educated. Then her mom died, Adunni's father wasn't earning enough, so he sells Adunni to be married to an older married man. Adunni is only 14 years old and is sent away to be with this man.
As the story progresses, Adunni gets away from the man, only to be put into an abusive household. However, a friend tells her about a scholarship that she could earn, and an older woman agrees to help Adunni study fo the scholarship and write a recommendation.
Adunni is able to overcome abuse and poor treatment, always remaining focused on her end goal of going to school and becoming educated.
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rmarcin | Hi ha 46 ressenyes més | Nov 26, 2023 |
The story of this book is just like the main character Adduni… spirited, full of courage and perseverance. Adduni had me captivated from the first page… no the first paragraph. I read this line "Papa have this way of looking me one kind. As if he wants to be flogging me for no reason, as if I am carrying shit inside my cheeks and when I open mouth to talk, the whole place be smelling of it." and I knew I had to read the rest of the book immediately. The language Abi Daré uses is beautiful and the perfect way to show how Adduni use her voice to shape her future.… (més)
rosienotrose | Hi ha 46 ressenyes més | Jul 11, 2023 |



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