Doing Dangerously Well Hardcover – May 11 2010
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“Brisk, cinematic prose. . . . Enahoro excels at description.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
“Doing Dangerously Well is a hilarious mix of satire, political intrigue and environmental mismanagement. . . . A vibrant international story that is satirical, funny and brave.”
— The Chronicle Herald
“Satire presents some serious perils, but first-time novelist Carole Enahoro navigates them with considerable skill. . . . Enahoro tells the story with gusto. . . . Doing Dangerously Well features fascinatingly rich characters. . . . This is a writer to watch.”
— NOW (Toronto)
“Reading Carole Enahoro’s work is like encountering a tree dripping with fruit — one is taken aback by the richness of what she creates. She is both generous and riveting.”
— Douglas Coupland
About the Author
Carole Enahoro was born in London of a Nigerian father and an English mother, and grew up in Nigeria, Britain and Canada, and still shares her time among the three. With a background in art history and film, she has worked as a filmmaker, journalist and lecturer, while pursuing an abiding interest in political and social issues. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the UK researching spatial practice, power and satire in Nigeria's capital. This is her first novel.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
It is a satire about the influence of large corporations. It's about water. Terrible things happen in this book. It all sounds ponderous, but it's not. The author makes the story come alive with fascinating, larger-than-life characters and plot twists that will keep you turning the pages to find out what comes next. I cried and I laughed out loud, and it's been some time since a book made me do either.
The story takes place across different countries--Canada, the United States and America. All are well drawn enough to be characters in their own right. Seeing these places through the eyes of the characters who inhabit them (and those who are only visiting and are shocked by the strange customs found in a place like "Ottawa") brings them to life. Carole Enahoro also plays with the rhythms and types of speech in each location. Her dialogue is wonderfully rich and real.
I read this book some time ago, and the characters are still with me. There are scenes that will shock and horrify you. The beginning comes to mind; the Kanji dam bursts, killing a million people. And there are scenes where the human warmth in the eccentric characters will leave you hopeful that there is good in us after all.
Read it to change your thoughts on big industry and the privatization of water. Read it for the beautiful writing. Read it for the comedy. Read it for the strange, compelling characters. This is a book you don't want to miss.
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The unthinkable happens to the majestic Kainji Dam in Nigeria - it collapses - killing hundreds of thousands. This tragedy is met with great glee by the Nigerian Minister of Natural Resources, Ogbe Kolo. Now, he thinks, is the perfect time to make a run for the presidency and cut some deals with the Americans. Mary Glass of the US company TransAqua sees lots of opportunities as well and is more than willing to work with Kolo. First up - privatizing the Niger River and selling the water back to the Nigerians. This should earn her a promotion. Mary's sister Barbara has a problem with this and joins Femi - a Nigerian activist determined to stop Kolo. There are lots of others with an eye to the water rights and their own agendas.
Enahoro has an incredibly witty sense of humour. There is nothing sacred as she joyfully skewers every faction that comes under her pen. Politics, race, religion, sexuality, nationality, family, body image and more. Her satirical sense is sharply honed. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion.
The dialogue is incredibly adroit, but the characters are what I really enjoyed. Barbara is the quintessential tree hugging, new age activist. She lives on her own terms and just barrels through any situation, dispensing her brand of wisdom as she passes through. Barbara's reactions to Canada and its people are priceless.
"Barbara was getting worried about these Canadians. They had a pathological cheeriness that certainly had no place in the world of international intrigue."
"They speak like Americans. They act American.Read more ›
It would be easy to dismiss this a funny romp of a read with blistering dialogue and pithy observations of earnest do-gooders, global megalomaniacs and corporate climbers. But there is far more going on here. Smart -- and at time smarting -- this is well-paced and well-written novel that holds up for us a mirror. If we are brave enough to keep our eyes open, Carole Enahoro offers us a glimpse into our difficult future.
A brilliant writer with a confident hand throughout.