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Black Ass
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Black Ass

4.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
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A. Igoni Barrett (Author)

Furo Wariboko, a young Nigerian, awakes the morning before a job interview to find that he’s been transformed into a white man. In this condition he plunges into the bustle of Lagos to make his fortune. With his red hair, green eyes, and pale skin, it seems he’s been completely changed. Well, almost. There is the matter of his family, his accent, his name. Oh, and his black ass. Furo must quickly learn to navigate a world made unfamiliar and deal with those who would use him for their own purposes. Taken in by a young woman called Syreeta and pursued by a writer named Igoni, Furo lands his first-ever job, adopts a new name, and soon finds himself evolving in unanticipated ways.

A. Igoni Barrett’s Blackass is a fierce comic satire that touches on everything from race to social media while at the same time questioning the values society places on us simply by virtue of the way we look. As he did in Love Is Power, or Something Like That, Barrett brilliantly depicts life in contemporary Nigeria and details the double-dealing and code-switching that are implicit in everyday business. But it’s Furo’s search for an identity–one deeper than skin–that leads to the final unraveling of his own carefully constructed story.

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A. Igoni Barrett (Author)

Furo Wariboko, a young Nigerian, awakes the morning before a job interview to find that he’s been transformed into a white man. In this condition he plunges into the bustle of Lagos to make his fortune. With his red hair, green eyes, and pale skin, it seems he’s been completely changed. Well, almost. There is the matter of his family, his accent, his name. Oh, and his black ass. Furo must quickly learn to navigate a world made unfamiliar and deal with those who would use him for their own purposes. Taken in by a young woman called Syreeta and pursued by a writer named Igoni, Furo lands his first-ever job, adopts a new name, and soon finds himself evolving in unanticipated ways.

A. Igoni Barrett’s Blackass is a fierce comic satire that touches on everything from race to social media while at the same time questioning the values society places on us simply by virtue of the way we look. As he did in Love Is Power, or Something Like That, Barrett brilliantly depicts life in contemporary Nigeria and details the double-dealing and code-switching that are implicit in everyday business. But it’s Furo’s search for an identity–one deeper than skin–that leads to the final unraveling of his own carefully constructed story.

Reviews(2)

  1. 4 out of 5

    BLACKASS

    Furo Warimbuko, a young job seeker wakes up from his bed one morning to realize he’s now Caucasian, and absconds from home in order to escape the embarrassment of an inquisition into his inexplicable transformation from his family.

    Igoni Barret’s ‘Blackass’ deals with prejudices that ‘different’ people are exposed to in society, the insecurities associated with standing out of the crowd and the extents such people are willing to go to in order to blend in. It also shows that new circumstances don’t necessarily alter the fundamental building blocks of an individual’s character. The heart stays the same regardless of skin cover or situation.

  2. 4 out of 5

    This was a very rivetting, fierce and visual read from start to finish. The plot was very unique and the author comes across as non-conformist when it comes to writing his feelings down. He wasn’t afraid to put his true emotions into words; he basically didn’t hold back and i loved that about this novel. It was rawly written with no filter at all. I read it in two sittings! (that’s how good it is)
    The book touches various topics from white privilege to social media whilst still maintaining it’s satirical nature. I absolutely recommend this!
    More reviews on http://www.thebibliophilesemissary.blogspot.com

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