Soyinka brings to life the memories of childhood in a small village. His vivid memories are enchanting and he makes you want to relive childhood just so that you can have the chance to recreate your memories with the colour, vivacity and innocence that he has presented. When reading his thoughts as a small boy one can see the logic in his questions and observations with such clarity that tears from giggling pour down your face! It makes one wonder why we don't have such unhindered reason as adults.
Through his young eyes, Soyinka also weaves into the story the importance of the role of the people in bringing about change in the their country. Even though his reports are intended to be the views of child it is obvious that he was very aware of what was happening around him.
Soyinka tells his story with honesty, insight and never ending humour. A truly enlightening, enthralling and delightful book.