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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The sheer variety of cultural and natural influences is a brilliant manifesto for human crosscultural learning and understanding. Add both to Cart Add both to List. I guess that’s how woyinka is: Rex CollingsRandom House. Dec 22, Rhiannon Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb souinka, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? It did not take long for him to enter my consciousness simply as Essay, as one of those careful stylistic exercises in prose which follow set rules of composition, are products of fastidiousness and elegance, set down in beautiful calligraphy that would be soyonka envy of most copyists of any age.

As Wole thinks about his new school he adds, “It was time to commence the mental shifts for admittance to yet another irrational world of adults and their discipline. Retrieved from ” https: Read it to enrich your soul.

Please try again later. From the very first episodes of ssoyinka story, we are able to envision him as a vibrant, curious, enthusiastic, and very precocious little boy. The child’s voice is engaging and he has a fine sense of humor but I found the book hard to follow sometimes, getting the characters confused and incidents not really fleshed out enough for my taste.

You could almost picture or imagine yourself in there growing up with him. There is also a sense of the joy of growing up and discovering things, like the time he follows his sister to school secretly when he is three years old, or the day he follows a travelling band of musicians alone for miles and ends up in a distant village. A Voyage Around “Essay”Ibadan: Customers who viewed this item also viewed.


This section contains words approx. They want to stay still and watch the world go by.

He watches as an unwed poor woman becomes pregnant and is driven out of town. Being young and incredibly inquisitive and curious, Wole gets into lots of trouble, both physically and emotionally.

Please how do I read free books here? The Years of Childhood. No trivia or quizzes yet. The Years of Childhood is a memoir which tells an engaging story of the early phase of his life as a child.

Delightful little vignettes of Soyinka’s childhood, ages 3 to 12 or so, growing up the headmaster’s son in rural Nigeria around WWII.

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A fascinating look at childhood elsewhere that is at times a trudging read and at certain moments as bright and beautiful as a shaft of sunlight through a blanket of clouds. This mentality counters and swerves around every aspect of life, portraying in astonishing ways every matter encountered by a child, communal bedrooms and hungry house-guests considered just as thoughtfully as culture clash and the passage of time. As if I’ve been cheated somehow, having missed out on a classic addition to African Literature, one that undoubtedly helped mold the form of creative nonfiction.

Finally, this boy from a young age has a fervent interest in books. He listens to a leader of the women complain bitterly against the racist behavior of the whites using the “inhuman weapon” upon the Japanese when they should have bombed Germany instead.

Although he naturally assumes much of Yoruba culture, the book is not difficult in the way some of his plays based on Yoruba beliefs are. It was a real pleasure meeting Mrs Bere Ransome-Kuti in a setting different from the picture painted by the media. Parts are slow and boring, but other parts are interesting. Wole keeps a close watch on the goings-on in his town. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The Years of Childhood from Amazon.


The two groups of women united, gathered force, and eventually marched on the local ruler who was operating as a tool for British colonists. Views Read Edit View history. His vivid evocation of the colorful sights, sounds, and aromas of the world that shaped him is both lyrically beautiful and laced with humor and the sheer delight of a child’s-eye view.

Aké: The Years of Childhood

Wooe 10, Thomas rated it liked it. Nobel laureate Soyinka is a prolific playwright, poet, novelist, and critic, but seems to have found his purest voice as an autobiographer. Trials of Brother Jero. Let me count the ways.

View the Study Pack. Wole Soyanka is a Noble Prize winning Nigerian author.

Aké: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka

His is a time of great transition, with traditional pagan spiritualism giving way to Christianity, and the local language of Yoruba becoming mixed with the English of Mother England.

Read reviews that mention wole soyinka world war wild christian nobel laureate tells the story colonial rule mother nicknamed wild white man colonial nigeria years of childhood young wole school wole good book read this book nigerian wold child memories early father. Refresh and try again. Wole’s mother, called Wild Christian by most, is a strict disciplinarian, never failing to provide lashings for the slightest offenses.