Open City Characters

Teju Cole
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Julius

Julius was born and raised in Nigeria. His father is Nigerian and his mother is of German descent. When Julius was 14, his father died of an illness. Something causes Julius to become estranged from his mother, so he decides to apply to college in the United States. Julius is the main character and the narrator of the novel. When the novel opens, Julius is finishing his residency in psychiatry in New York City.

While there is never a conclusive statement, it seems as if Julius is suffering from his own identity crisis or split personality. Part of this originates from his heritage, since he is half black and half white. It also seems as if Julius struggles with good and evil because he seems to block out some of the bad things he has done in his life.

Additionally, Julius is overcoming a recent break up with his...

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