AKE WOLE SOYINKA PDF

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The book begins:. The sprawling, undulating terrain is all of Ake. More than mere loyalty to the parsonage gave birth to a puzzle and a resentment that God should choose to look down on his own highest station, the parsonage compound, from the profane heights of Itoko.

There was of course the mystery of the chief stable with live horses near the crest of the hill, but beyond that, this dizzying road only sheered upwards from one noisy market to another, looking down across Ibarata and Ita Ake into the most secret recesses of the parsonage itself. On a misty day, the steep rise toward Itoko would join the sky.

Workmen came into the house. They knocked lines of thin nails with narrow clasps into walls. The lines turned with corners and doorways and joined up with outside wires which were strung across poles. The presence of these workmen reminded me of another invasion. At the end of those earlier activities we no longer needed the oil lamps, kerosene lanterns and candles, at least not within the house.

We pressed down a switch and the room was flooded with light. I recalled that it took a while to connect the phenomenon of the glowing bulb with the switch, so thoroughly did Essay keep up the deception.

He pretended it was magic, he easily directed our gaze at the glass bulb while he muttered his magic spell. Then he solemnly intoned:. Afterwards he blew in the direction of the bulb and the light went out. But finally we caught him out. It was not too difficult to notice that he always stood at the same spot, that that spot was conveniently near a small black and white object which had sprouted on the wall after the workmen had gone.

Still, the stricture continued, the magic light was expensive and must be wisely used. Just a minute, Joseph. When the women were gone they would jump up and clutch the cross-bamboos and be suspended for a while. But at times the splash of dye flew out above the rims, and the child emerged shedding indigo tears, blackened to the eyeballs. Indigo fountains rose and swirled his feet. Joe Golder seeking blackness ever, walked in the backyards of old women through criss-crosses of bamboos so low it seemed a place for hanging dwarfs, and he went crouched and humpbacked through crossing jet-stained bamboos chipped and knotted, hung on wooden crocks, and the dye-clothes dripped unwrung.

There were black rains from dwarf skies, and clean quicksands beneath his feet were drenched in this one dye of his choice. Joe Golder uprushing dye from quicksands stepped through the torn mouth of sunken cauldrons and wet shrouds swirling heavy in the wind, frothing indigo lather. Excerpts from Works of Wole Soyinka.

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The book begins:. The sprawling, undulating terrain is all of Ake. More than mere loyalty to the parsonage gave birth to a puzzle and a resentment that God should choose to look down on his own highest station, the parsonage compound, from the profane heights of Itoko. There was of course the mystery of the chief stable with live horses near the crest of the hill, but beyond that, this dizzying road only sheered upwards from one noisy market to another, looking down across Ibarata and Ita Ake into the most secret recesses of the parsonage itself. On a misty day, the steep rise toward Itoko would join the sky.

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Aké: The Years of Childhood

When the book was first published, The New York Times reviewer wrote:. Playwright, poet, novelist, polemical essayist and now autobiographer, Mr. Soyinka is unquestionably Africa's most versatile writer and arguably her finest. In Ake he has produced an account of his childhood as a Yoruba in western Nigeria that is destined to become a classic of African autobiography, indeed a classic of childhood memoirs wherever and whenever produced Through recollection, restoration and re-creation, he conveys a personal vision that was formed by the childhood world that he now returns to evoke and exalt in his autobiography. This is the ideal circle of autobiography at its best. It is what makes Ake, in addition to its other great virtues, the best available introduction to the work of one of the liveliest, most exciting writers in the world today.

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Excerpts from Works of Wole Soyinka

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