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Ibadan: The Penkelemes Years: A Memoir: 1945 1965

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Autobiografie van de Nigeriaanse schrijver en Nobelprijswinnaar over de jaren 1946-1965, zich afspelend tegen de achtergrond van het dekolonisatieproces in zijn vaderland.
Paperback, 382 pages
Published September 4th 1995 by Vintage/Ebury (A Division of Random House Group) (first published 1994)
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Aug 03, 2014 Zanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, africa, memoir
I picked this book up in my local charity bookshop and bought without even reading the blurb. It's the first thing I've read by Soyinka so I was unprepared for his style, and it took me a while to get past the feeling that he was using a very mannered, pompous, elite private-school-boy English! He reminded me of Ifemelu's father in Americanah. I had to remind myself that I was not reading the work of some snotty self-important Oxbridge white boy determined to humilate his interlocutors by speaki ...more
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Nov 26, 2012 Adebayo Oyagbola rated it really liked it
When you start reading this book, do not give up. It is in two parts with the first part written in a rather pedantic and extremely self absorbed manner. The second part however is sheer delight and makes up for muddling through the first. In the second part the author suddenly turns story teller and he commences to weave a vivid and colourful tale of Ibadan, the quintessentially Yoruba city, and the author's residence there and his escapades. Some of those escapades are indeed essential parts o ...more
Jun 03, 2010 Wale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a rich source of insight and understanding into those early years of Nigerian Independence, particularly for subsequent generations who didn't live through that period.
An heartfelt gratitude goes out from me to the author for choosing to pen his experiences of this period down for the sake of posterity.
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Awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature for his work that "in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence."
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