To understand small town life in colonial western Nigeria this is the book to read. However the amazon edition I seem to have bought is appalling- I can only assume it is a working proof - riddled with typos Repeats and spelling errors- thank you amazon for making my read such a miserable and challenging chore. Soyinka's memoir however is magical and Aaron joy to read
I was transported to Soyinka's childhood world by his writing. It is hard to put into word just how good this book is. I have read it several times over the years, and will no doubt read it several more as each time I get more from it. Soyinka is a master wordsmith who draws you in to his books with his lyrical naratives and true to life characters. I highly recommend you buy this book.
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This is one of my best books ever. And it's certainly my best Soyinka memoir (I have read all of them). It is elegantly written, with flowing prose, puns and satire. It offers pleasant insights about the author's early years and answered my burning question- what shaped Soyinka?