The eldest son of a primary-school headmaster and a devout Christian mother, Wole Soyinka lived a comfortable life in the Aké parsonage in Abeokuta. Ake: The Years of Childhood is author Wole Soyinka’s autobiographical account about events in his childhood between about and in the town of Ake. Wole Soyinka was a bright, curious child and his account of his early childhood in the town of Abeokuta in Western Nigeria is enchanting.

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Jul 13, Aubrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: What I think I Soyinka, Wole. Vintage October 23, Language: Retrieved from ” https: Soyinka’s delighted shock at watching his mother become a leader of the movement was wonderful to wolf with him. The second half of the book is a little clearer, written as a young man going through the rights of growing up, a disturbing night with the priest during which his ankles soyijka hands are ceromoniously bled, and his time at school including his experiences of coporal punishment.

Growing up is a sometimes difficult process for Wole.

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The child whom she could not tame with religiosity. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Country of My Skull: Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Soyinka elevates brief anecdotes into history lessons, conversations into morality plays, memories into awakenings. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: In a slightly unusual but very well-crafted narrative, he tells the whole story from the perspective of himself as a child I’m somewhat reminded of Roth’s The Plot Against America which means that as he grows up, the story becomes more intricate, the adult characters more three-dimensional, and his observations more astute; mirroring, in a way, a young country starting to find its footing Nigeria wouldn’t achieve independence until His account of himself as simultaneously an admirably curious boy and an annoyingly arrogant one deserves some credit–it truly feels as if he remembers the details and si Without a doubt the most stunning aspect of this book is the vividness with which Soyinka recalls conversations in his boyhood.

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Aké: The Years of Childhood (Wole Soyinka) – book review

Customers who bought this item also bought. Like Wild Christian, Daodu prefers to teach with punishment, though he rules his school like a court of law, where evidence is presented and witnesses are questioned for every accused offense. Someday, I will make thee required reading in my classroom. The first few pages are a little bewildering, before you sink into the comfortable flow of humorous, tender, wondering memories.

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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The Years of Childhood is a memoir of stunning beauty, humor, and perception–a lyrical account of one boy’s attempt to grasp the often irrational and hypocritical world of adults that soyinkq repels and seduces him.

View the Study Pack. Individually, any experience is unique; it does not need to be dramatic, violent, broken or ecstatic to sohinka special.

In Soyinka’s autobiography, we appreciate the specific qualities of those years in that place in magnificent detail If the defense meets Daodu’s, the esteemed Winston Churchillesque principal himself, standards, the accused goes free, the obviousness of their crime or the absurdity of their argument having little to no impact on the decision.


Also, Achebe’s book deals with the time right before colonization really took hold, and “Ake” takes place during World War II; by then I’ve almost finished teaching “Things Fall Apart” with this year’s 10th graders, so that story was still fresh in my mind while I read this memoir by another Nigerian writer.

There were some sad moments and hilarious moments. There are local concerns, sometimes wider ones.

As with many childhood stories, it’s more of an episodic tale than a straight narrative, which means that it tends to be a little disjointed and slow-paced at times – but even then the fantastically colourful prose makes it worth it. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

Finally he narrates his time helping the town’s women in their political activities, playing the part of teacher for some illiterate girls and experiencing the riots and unrest in the town when the women march on the “king” and government demanding an end to unfair taxation of women. Published October 23rd by Vintage first published

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