Blackass

Blackass

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White skin, green eyes, red hair...

Furo Wariboko – born and bred in Lagos – wakes up on the morning of his job interview to discover he has turned into a white man. As he hits the city streets running, still reeling from his new-found condition, Furo finds the dead ends of his life open out before him. As a white man in Nigeria, the world is seemingly his oyster – except for one thing: despite his radical transformation, Furo's ass remains robustly black . . .

Funny, fierce, inventive and daringly provocative – this is a very modern satire, with a sting in the tail.

Title:Blackass
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780701188566
Format Type:

    Blackass Reviews

  • BookOfCinz

    I read this book because I am trying to read new releases for 2016 and because the premise of the book really intrigued me. The main character, Furo wakes up one morning at his home in Lagos to find o...

  • Adam Dalva

    Fascinatingly propulsive Kafka parody that doesn't pause for a second - the fundamental concept, a body switch with a titular twist, feels expected, but Barrett accomplishes a great deal with his loca...

  • Dami Ajayi

    There are several ways to read Blackass: as a satirical novel about decolonization; as a contemporary novel that maps modern Lagos and, by extension, Nigeria; as a contemporary novel about social medi...

  • Read In Colour

    It reminded me a lot of Franz Kafka's The Trial & The Metamorphis, along with Nikolai Gogol's The Nose, which means I read a lot of Russian lit and perhaps the author does too. It was enjoyable right ...

  • K.J. Charles

    Furo is a Nigerian struggling to survive in Lagos, his costly education worthless in the face of the jobs crisis amd endemic corruption. Then, one day, he wakes up white (except for his bum, which sta...

  • Rebecca

    After setting off with a great start, the journey stalls because the black man turned white is a shallow character, and this doesn't change throughout the tale. but given the opportunity to exploit ot...

  • Soren

    I enjoyed this book, but found it a bit underwhelming. I definitely enjoyed being immersed in the vibe of Lagos, and I liked the writing style. I just didn't walk away feeling like the gimmick was ade...

  • Jamise

    Rating 2.5I don't know what to say about this book. I had high hopes but it just wasn't for me. Although there were some metaphoric themes scattered here and there, overall I felt it was a bunch of wo...

  • Caecilia Saori

    The idea for the story is very unique. But overall, it has left too many questions open for my taste. At times, I found the author touched various storylines while I would have preferred one straight-...

  • Mina

    i love the fact that this book is not written for non-nigerians, that the rich language and textures are not explained. there is no shortage of great dialogue. however the story is not plausible and t...