A Bit of Difference At thirty nine Deola Bello a Nigerian expatriate in London is dissatisfied with being single and working overseas Deola works as a financial reviewer for an international charity When her job takes

  • Title: A Bit of Difference
  • Author: Sefi Atta
  • ISBN: 9781876756994
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • At thirty nine, Deola Bello, a Nigerian expatriate in London, is dissatisfied with being single and working overseas Deola works as a financial reviewer for an international charity When her job takes her back to Nigeria in time for her father s five year memorial service, she finds herself turning her scrutiny inward In Nigeria, Deola encounters changes in her family aAt thirty nine, Deola Bello, a Nigerian expatriate in London, is dissatisfied with being single and working overseas Deola works as a financial reviewer for an international charity When her job takes her back to Nigeria in time for her father s five year memorial service, she finds herself turning her scrutiny inward In Nigeria, Deola encounters changes in her family and in the urban landscape of her home, and new acquaintances who offer unexpected possibilities Deola s journey is as much about evading others expectations to get to the heart of her frustration as it is about exposing the differences between foreign images of Africa and the realities of contemporary Nigerian life.

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    1. I haven’t read a more satisfying novel in such a long while. The plot is deceptively simple: a Nigerian woman who has been living and working in London for years decides to go to home to Lagos for a business trip. She is 39 and lonely; she hasn’t met a man that she has felt attracted to in a very long time. At her hotel in Lagos, she meets Wale – a man attractive enough to qualify for a one-night stand. She sleeps with him. The one-night stand is not without its consequences. This is the s [...]

    2. This was an intense and riveting read for me. I have read and enjoyed Sefi Atta's works in the past and so I was excited that she had new work. Essentially this book features Adeola "Deola- pronounced Day-ola" Bello a Nigerian expatriate living and working in London. She is thirty-nine years old, single, and childless and anxious about the popular global perception of Nigeria because it cannot quite capture what it really means to be any one of the the multi-layered cultural and spiritual charac [...]

    3. Sefi Atta first caught the attention of the literary world with her award-winning story collection, "News From Home". This, her third novel, once again explores Nigerian mores and people in transit between cultures.Deola, a 39-year-old single woman is at a crossroads in life – unfulfilled at work, based in London while pining for Lagos, and uncomfortably aware of her biological clock ticking. Despite her troubled inner life, Deola is all poise and sangfroid in public, and the writing style mat [...]

    4. Half-way through this book I was still waiting for this book to start! This book followed the story of Deola Bello who is in her late thirties, Nigerian and living in London. She works for an international aid agency and widely travels. The most significant trip to Nigeria is to coincide with the fifth anniversary of her fathers death and we are introduced to Deola's family, and she meets a man. I think to truly appreciate this book, you must be Nigerian. I was forever googling phrases like "aso [...]

    5. More like 2.5 stars.Deola is a 30something single Nigerian woman living in England. She is navigating conversations and microaggressions related to race in England and dodging her mother's pressure to be married and have children in Nigeria.I found Deola relatable in many ways, especially in regards to her work situation.But I did not like Atta's writing. This is probably the first novel I've read that was written in 3rd person present and it wasweird. The expository writing seemed too much and [...]

    6. This book was a bit of a slog. I liked the issues it brought up and appreciated the conflicted feelings the main character dealt with as a Nigerian living in London, but I didn't really like her or feel particularly amused by her shortcomings so felt like I finished to finish. Still, glad I read it if just to get out of my comfort zone a bit.

    7. The writing is not really my style. A bit basic And it sometimes reads as though the writer is rambling. The main character's travel escapades are somewhat interesting. It's not a book that I just can't seem to put down, which is disappointing.

    8. I really struggled with this book and the ending was a big disappointment. I only finished it because I don't like giving up on books. It isn't my usual choice of book to be fair and I can see that other readers loved it. Just not for me.

    9. I wanted to love this book because of the characters, their desires & pains, but the narrative was so awkwardly crafted, my mind kept drifting off course, never sure where we were or why we were there.

    10. I'm a bit on the fence about this book - it's clearly trying to be a little bit of an Austen pastiche with more explicit political (as opposed to social, although I guess the distinction can be pretty false) commentary, and that Austen is mentioned fairly often in the prose is a hat-tip at the fact that all the characters are kind of Nigerian Austen-analogues - Wale, the love interest, is a widower of some means with a daughter of fourteen; the mother is a bit of a Mrs Bennet; the young adults a [...]

    11. Overall A Bit of Difference was a good read, although I felt like I didnt connect with Deola that well. I found the relationships between Deola interesting. There were a few moments that jumped between different countries and it took a moment to realise she had travelled somewhere. I enjoyed this book but not enough to give it four stars.

    12. A Bit of Difference by Sefi Atta is an incredible novel that touches on many different themes of expatriate life as well as the difference between the foreign ideas and realities of life in Africa.This is the first book by Sefi Atta I have read and I was very impressed by her story-telling abilities. Right from the beginning, Deola jumped off the page and I really felt as though I could hear her voice, rather than just reading it. The book did fall off a bit for me in the second half. I was much [...]

    13. It was weird reading this book because I kept discovering all the ways that the character had similar traits and career trajectory to me, as well as similar insights and observations that may have also been the author's perspective. So I was caught up in the detail in a way I haven't really been with other books. I liked how the protagonist was an obviously imperfect creature, and how the book was navigating the imperfect lives and interactions of the characters. In that way, it was very human. [...]

    14. This novel about a woman Nigerian expatriate living in London is less about plot and more of a character and cultural study. The central character works for a global charity and the book includes a trip to Atlanta and a trip to her home for her father's 5 year memorial service; the career and two trips give the author an opportunity for commentary about the Nigerian class system, Nigerian perspectives on family, sexuality, and feminist issues, and a perspective of many charity efforts vs microcr [...]

    15. I read this book at the same time I was reading some pretty exciting adventure stories, so in terms of grippingness, it suffered by comparison. It is not a spoiler to say that this book has no swordfights, no scheming by evil mages who will take over the world if they're not stopped, etc. It is utterly realistic. What made it intriguing was that it is nothing like my reality. It is the reality of a Nigerian expat, single and childless in her late 30s. Sefi Atta writes beautifully and leaves a lo [...]

    16. Very easy, enjoyable read. It does seem to stop all of a sudden.Excellent bit of stay-at-home-cultural-tourism for me. Interesting experience of the relationship between england and nigeria post colonialism and the cultural contrasts between the two places. Well worth reading, probably the only book I've given 3 stars to that I would go and recommend to other people to read. Interesting but not amazing, gripping or enthusiasm making I suppose.

    17. When I first started this book I couldn't tell where I was or who I was or was supposed to be. The book is somewhat a memoir of what it is to be and to have been Nigerian and how it is to be marginalized. Somewhere in though, I became hooked. I think the voice becomes the language and vice versa. And I think you begin to look at yourself and how you were raised and how you look at the people. I don't like the last few pages but I liked the book.

    18. A contemporary tale set in England and Nigeria about an educated middle class 39-year old woman facing major decisions in her life regarding work, children and marriage, but most of all, where to live. Explores the personal and political complexities of life in modern Nigeria. My full review can be seen at: Whispering Gums

    19. I really enjoyed this - it doesn't have much in the way of plot, and what there is feels a bit conventional, although I could make a case that Atta is playing with a certain very common trope found in novels about women (and some others). Just as she is not going there with cliche expectations of novels about Nigeria and Nigerians - the protag is from a wealthy family, educated in the UK, and when the novel begins, arriving in USA as part of her job with a small NGO based in London.

    20. She couldn't be a week pregnant. The whole end of the story just falls apart. Well, she can be a week pregnant but it isn't going to show up on a pregnancy test. And while she is home with her family she is "ovulating" and a week later her period is due? That is not how a woman's cycle works. And as far as HIV--three months. She isn't "clean"e has to get retested at 3 months.

    21. Loved the book but I was confused by the ending. I almost felt like something was missing from the kindle edition that I have. There were lots of errors in my edition. Anyway, I found the novel smart and funny but the ending unraveled for me.

    22. A reviewer described Atta's novel as "low on drama but rich in life" and I think that's a fairly apt description of this glimpse into the life of middle class Nigerians (some at home, some abroad). Political, personal and wholly enjoyable.

    23. If you're looking to read more diversely, then I would recommend Sefi Atta. She provides a very nuanced look about life for Nigerians, in Nigeria and abroad. I will definitely be reading more books by Atta. And looking for more by this publisher, Interlink Publishing.

    24. A worthy topic with an inticate story to tell but the writing is slow at times and choppy. The physical book does not help things with a poorly chosen font which makes for a frustrating read. Didn't finish but I might pick up later as the story is truly compelling.

    25. An enjoyable read. The fairy tale like ending was a bit surprising. This book gives a nice insight into the contemporary world of people in Nigeria and the diaspora. I bet a bit of Sefi is in this book as just like the main character, she was a CPA at one time.

    26. I found the main character in this book riveting. I miss her presence. The exploration of race, class, immigrant issues, gender issues powerful although slightly uneven.

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