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The Girl With the Louding Voice (2020)

de Abi Daré

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"A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to get an education so that she can escape and choose her own future. Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a "louding voice"-the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But instead, Adunni's father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir. When Adunni runs away to the city, hoping to make a better life, she finds that the only other option before her is servitude to a wealthy family. As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless slave, Adunni is told, by words and deeds, that she is nothing. But while misfortunes might muffle her voice for a time, they cannot mute it. And when she realizes that she must stand up not only for herself, but for other girls, for the ones who came before her and were lost, and for the next girls, who will inevitably follow; she finds the resolve to speak, however she can-in a whisper, in song, in broken English-until she is heard"--… (més)
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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: https://suesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2024/02/the-girl-with-louding-voice-by-abi-... ( )
  SueinCyprus | 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. ( )
  bschweiger | 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. ( )
  rmarcin | 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. ( )
  rosienotrose | Jul 11, 2023 |
Once again, an African voice enchants me. I don't know what it is about African writers, and the tales of the Dark Continent, but I have lately been attracted to them. When we meet Adunni, she is 14 years old, living a mostly carefree life with her father and brothers in a small Nigerian village. But, all is not rosy, as since her mother's death, her father hasn't really been able to keep things together. So, when he gets the opportunity to marry Adunni off, to a local rich man with 2 other wives, for a hefty bride price, he jumps at the chance, despite his promise to her mother as she lay dying, that he would keep Adunni in school. Predictably, life as a 3rd wife isn't great for Adunni, as she is suddenly inducted into the responsibilities of married life. However, she does find an oasis in one of her sister wives, who looks out for her. This becomes a theme for Adunni, as she is thrown into even more precarious circumstances: she is smart despite her lack of world-wisdom, but her combination of precociousness and innocence seems to be what attracts people to her corner. The story takes us through many different aspects of life and society in Nigeria, as Adunni finds her way through the world, never losing sight of her dreams and goals. Her narrative voice is written in charming broken English, that gradually improves as Adunni's own language skills improve, but which retains an irresistible sweetness. Despite moments of brutality, this is a lovely story about where boundless hope and determination (and a little help from your friends) can get you. ( )
  karenchase | Jun 14, 2023 |
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Daré has said of the language in which the book is written: “Nigerians speak something called pidgin English, and I knew I didn’t want to write in pidgin English because even the very educated people speak pidgin English. I wanted it to be nonstandard English.The results of this invented English are uneven.. I could make it Adunni’s. It could be her own English, so to speak....The novel is strongest when dealing with interpersonal relationships, especially between characters of different classes.....The story told in this novel is an important one. The trauma of girls forced into marriage and the blight of domestic slavery in Nigeria are both issues that must be brought to light. As Adunni wonders: “Why are the women in Nigeria seem to be suffering for everything more than the men?” The Girl With the Louding Voice joins a long and fine tradition of issue-led novels that have sparked conversations resulting in social change. Social justice is a laudable intention when writing a novel, yet one also reads them for subtler and less concrete gains.

 

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To my mother, Professor Teju Somorin, not just because you are smart and beautiful and became the first female professor of taxation in Nigeria in 2019, but also because you made me see the importance of education and sacrificed so much for me to get the best of it.
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"A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to get an education so that she can escape and choose her own future. Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a "louding voice"-the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But instead, Adunni's father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir. When Adunni runs away to the city, hoping to make a better life, she finds that the only other option before her is servitude to a wealthy family. As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless slave, Adunni is told, by words and deeds, that she is nothing. But while misfortunes might muffle her voice for a time, they cannot mute it. And when she realizes that she must stand up not only for herself, but for other girls, for the ones who came before her and were lost, and for the next girls, who will inevitably follow; she finds the resolve to speak, however she can-in a whisper, in song, in broken English-until she is heard"--

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