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Sabato Rabato aka Soni Dike is a Lagos big boy; a criminal turned grandee, with a beautiful wife, a sea-side mansion and a questionable fortune. Then one day he disappears and his car is found in a ditch, music blaring from the speakers.Soni’s older brother, Abel Dike, a teacher, arrives in Lagos to look for his missing brother. Abel is rapidly sucked into the unforgivingSabato Rabato aka Soni Dike is a Lagos big boy; a criminal turned grandee, with a beautiful wife, a sea-side mansion and a questionable fortune. Then one day he disappears and his car is found in a ditch, music blaring from the speakers.Soni’s older brother, Abel Dike, a teacher, arrives in Lagos to look for his missing brother. Abel is rapidly sucked into the unforgiving Lagos maelstrom where he has to navigate encounters with a motley cast of common criminals, deal with policemen all intent on getting a piece of the pie, and contend with his growing attraction to his brother’s wife.Carnivorous City is a story about love, family and just desserts but it is above all a tale about Lagos and the people who make the city by the lagoon what it is....

Title : The Carnivorous City
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ISBN : 9781911115243
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 307 Pages
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The Carnivorous City Reviews

  • The Book Banque
    2018-10-16 20:34

     The book starts fast-paced: “Soni is missing.” Soni is ostensibly swallowed by Lagos, as the city does ‘big boys’. As the reader reads on, what one comes to realise soon is that The Carnivorous City is not about Soni or Lagos Big Boys. Soni - also known as Sabato -  is just an excuse for Lagos to devour her latest victim, and the book is a front row seat to watch the beast feed on Abel, Soni’s brother who has been called out of his quiet Asaba life as a lecturer, and into his brother’s extravagant life.The Carnivorous City starts out promising to tell a layered story. Abel arrives Lagos to find out he has a room specially designed for him in Soni’s house, and that Soni bought his child books, because growing up, he had looked up to him. Abel’s conversations with Ada, Soni’s wife, which unveil stories of moments the two brothers shared and the fondness with which Soni spoke about his older brother shows this. Through Abel, we see how the city consumes a person regardless of their morals.  There seems to be a lot lot going on in the book, yet very little to nothing to do with the search for the missing Soni. In fact, the summary of the search can be distilled into the blasé responses from the police or the missing man’s cronies: “Soni was bound to die like this… Soni will never be found, not alive. This is Lagos. Some people have to die. Their blood is sacrifice to the hungry beast that is Lagos.” The Carnivorous Cityis about Lagos, but Lagos is not a city sitting and waiting to be discovered; Lagos is a living beast, as the book cover depicts, determining the order of the lives of the people of the city. The city is a “beast with fangs and a voracious appetite for human flesh.” The book attempts to condense the spirit of Lagos, its history, people, and landmarks into 241 pages. It is designed to stir existing memories or, for the non-Lagosians, create vivid pictures that will live up to reality, if they ever visit.  Ráyò,For The Book Banque.Read full review of The Carnivorous City on our websitehere . Instagram -Twitter-Facebook.

  • William Kasina
    2018-09-26 22:31

    (Gives me so much joy to be the third reviewer in a book up in here. Checks off bucketlist)Toni Kan takes us in a journey through the carnivorous city of Lagos. The city that wants to constantly devour and its insatiable hunger will never be satisafied until the millions are all consumed. But then if the millions are consumed will it still be Lagos? I doubt. Even the city itself knows and that's why as it eats it makes sure to recreate or replenish that which it has eaten.Abel receives word of his brother missing. Everyone knows Soni was waist deep in suspect activities, but 16 days later hopes are still high that he will be found. What follows is a journey of a brother tracing steps of the younger brother before his disappearance. While Abel looks for Soni and uncovers certain truths, he also uncovers certain realities about himself. Coming from the village and having no intention of overstaying his invite to Lagos he discovers a side of him that he won't want to leave behind easily.The book has a fast paced and exciting beginning and the same can be said about the end. Unfortunately the middle doesn't drag on but it doesn't have that punch. Maybe because it dives into the city of lagos [what the book is about of course]. That might discourage some readers but the end is worth it. One is left to wonder if someone decided to write about th ecity you live in, what would the book say? or as Nigerians would say 'Wettin de say'?Disclaimer: Part of this book is a short course on pidgin English (constructed from mixing English, Yoruba and Igbo)

  • Temi Aina
    2018-10-02 23:16

    A friend loaned me this book when I was reading another, and although I did not plan to read it until later, I flipped through and read some lines and immediately I knew I was going to read it sooner than I expected.The book gives a vivid description of the typical Lagos life and the different characters that make Lagos what it is. From the 'big boys' who do crime for a living and their families, to the corrupt everyday people who will do anything to make money, and the nightlife of Lagos-clubbing. The book tells the story of how a family thrives after one of their own (who is also a criminal and a businessman) goes missing.The book was very easy for me to read as I live in Lagos and can relate to most incidents that were described in the book. I laughed at some points and at no point did I feel sad even though the story was supposed to be a sad one. The book served as a reminder to me that even criminals had families who live and walk among us like everyday normal people, and one cannot really know who is related to these set of people.Although the story was about a rich (criminal) businessman, and it touched both the upper and lower class of Lagos society. Somehow, I felt like the middle class was not really represented as the book oscillates between two extreme classes of Lagos. This was a spoiler for me.

  • Dylan Groves
    2018-09-28 22:24

    Biased because author located a house for me in Lagos (although not nearly as wealthy or exciting as the ones he depicts here)