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Stay with Me

Lu par : Adjoa Andoh
Durée : 8 h et 5 min
4,3 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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Longlisted for the 2018 Dylan Thomas Prize
Longlisted for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize

There are things even love can't do....

If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But even when it's in thousands of pieces around your feet, that doesn't mean it's no longer love....

Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything - arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair.

Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of '80s Nigeria, Stay with Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about our desperate attempts to save ourselves and those we love from heartbreak.

©2017 Ayobami Adebayo (P)2017 Canongate Books

Commentaires

"Scorching, gripping, ultimately lovely." (Margaret Atwood)
"This terrific first novel (shortlisted for the Baileys women's prize for fiction) deals with the daily stresses of living with the political upheavals of the time but the real drama is happening in Yejide's womb. Adebayo unfolds the many layers of truth with insight and skill." (The Times)
"A thoroughly contemporary style that is all her own...clever and funny...despite the intense sadness of her subject matter, she has produced a bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit, as well as the damage done by the boundlessness of male pride." (Guardian)

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Amazing and touching

I love it! The performance is one of the best! The story make us sad, happy, everything that the characters feel.

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  • Andrew
  • 23/04/2020

GREAT STORY & NARRATOR, (MINOR RECORDING ERRORS)

THIS WAS AN ABSOLUTELY GREAT STORY AND ADOJA ANDOH DOES A GREAT JOB AT NARRATING. This book exposes the brutality of attaching childbearing to the value of a human being. It SHATTERS so many misconceptions of how we view children, as though they were some holy talisman that, once attained, will immediately satisfy and beautify our lives. On the contrary, their birth may usher in pain so harrowing that all we endured to have them pales in comparison - as a new father, I felt this the most. Finally, I think this book is most significant for what it says about men and how much a man’s inability to accept, not his reality, can cost and cost and cost and cost and cost. Adébáyọ̀'s use of langugae is outstanding. The creativity, not simply of her vocabulary but the brightness and aptness of her imagery, the variety of perspectives and topics presented, ensured that the story was consistently engaging to read. _____ WARNING - The book addresses sexual themes and there are two instances of cursing. _____ ///// RECORDING ERRORS//// :( There is one sore spot for me, not related to the novel itself, but to the audio production of the book which I devoured. The pull of great audiobooks is that they bring great stories to life. The problem however with otherwise great audiobooks is that because the listener is so engaged, every error is significant. I was able to hear three (3) errors in the audio recording. I only made a note upon encountering a second error: 1) This is minor. A voice over. As stated, I didn't note this one. 2) Chapter 27/min 4:00 - a break for 9 seconds 3) Chapter 32/min 416 - there is an overlap. Hopefully these errors will be addressed.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 09/03/2020

Tugs upon your inner soul! Raw, funny and amazingly educational. Uncharacteristic love story.

The story kicks-off with such mystery that leaves you yearning for the back story of Yejide’s escape from her past. You instantly fall in love with Akin and Yejide’s love story without having fully understood the deficiency in their marital intimacy. You instantly want to protect them from the insensitive community and bad karma that surrounded them. The flood of emotions when you think you are done with one tragedy as another strikes is uncanny. Despite the fact that I couldn’t bear another loss for them, I was found I was already too vested to stop listening. The intellectual organization of this story leaves you in awe of the writer’s unbridled comprehension and intention to ride on the audiences’ biases. The comic relief was a surprising and a much needed touch. We needed to laugh in between the tears. Well written Ayobami. Thank you for giving us an appreciation of Nigerian culture. I felt like I was physically there. To Adjoa- 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Such a magnificent play of voices, articulation of the accents across the demographic representation of the characters. You shone so much color and light into this journey, and transported my emotions through a roller coaster of experience. I laughed and cried a lot. You took us where where we needed to be. I thank you.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 21/11/2019

Taking desperate to another level

Didn't enjoy the change in voice tonality between characters but the book was lovely. Amazing the extremes this couple went through to keep their marriage and through it all neither knew.

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  • marilee
  • 07/03/2019

Intimate and beautiful tale of African tradition,

Special narration, loved the different characters coming alive in my living room, wonderfully executed storytelling.

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  • Brenda Siara
  • 20/07/2017

Jaw dropper

Seemed like a Nollywood movie for a moment there. Dancing on a mountain with traditional priests until she believed she was pregnant! For 11 months her belly was distended!!!
But the twist that follows is a more interesting one. Performance is incredible! Adjoa Andoh has outdone herself in this book. I've listened to her perform Americanah which was average. In Ghana Must Go, she does a little better, but here, this is the best I've heard her yet.

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  • Afoma
  • 04/05/2017

Strong debut!

This novel has been on my to-read list since it was released and I'm so glad to have been able to get an Audible experience. Ayobami

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  • BlaqSwan
  • 12/10/2019

Great book and very well narrated

Don't miss out on this book. Real, captivating, sad but still hilarious...Thank you for writing this book Ayobami Adebay. Also best narrator ever! At least for narrating books with african (Nigerian) characters. I recommend listening to audio books narrated by Adjoa Andoh. I have enjoyed them all.

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  • Herribert
  • 16/01/2019

Sad and perfectly told story

The story touched me deeply. Psychologically clever observations give you insights to what a good relationship really needs: honesty The story shows how pride and social restraints can destroy relationships step by step. The story stayed exiting because it contained several unexpected surprises. There are also important feminist messages inside this book. After some really sad parts I was happy with the bittersweet happy end. Adjoa Andoh is an incredibly good narrator, I would always recommend you to listen to her !

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  • Dalila A.
  • 25/04/2018

A true piece of Art

This story is amazingly touching and stays with you for quite a while. The story of a Couple battling infertility in a politically difficult time in Nigeria. it is amazing how the reader let's you feel as though you are involved. Amazing piece of Art.