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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I’m glad I decided to give him a chance. I enjoyed the book a lot more sole our in-class discussion of it, and I would revisit it again someday. The Years of Childhood from BookRags.

Turns out Quizup was good for something besides killing time. Except Wole’s story is much more hopeful. Up until this book was published, he was known for his plays and his work of criticism: Can I get a fre copy of this book from anyone?

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His earliest memory — as far as I could tell from the book — was from when he was two-and-a-half. The death of his sister on her first brithday makes use of that initial confusion to create a powerful sense of tragedy and shock when Wole sees her in her coffin and realises what has happened. Write a customer review. His personal story includes imprisonment, a death sentence and a madcap escape on a motorbike. Jul 29, Tinea rated it liked it Recommended to Tinea by: This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat I will admit that the last events view spoiler [of a powerful feminist uprising combined with a well grounded criticism of the acts of white people in WWII hide spoiler ] won my heart in the most biased of ways, but I challenge anyone to not be stirred by those dramatic last pages.

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He was curious and troublesome, and made me laugh on quite a few occasions. Jul 13, Aubrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Through the eyes of this young boy, the reader glimpses a time and a place where Nigerian and British culture mixed.

Also, Achebe’s book deals with the time right before colonization really took hold, and “Ake” takes place during World War II; by then, many British customs were entrenched soyinja the schools, government, etc. I loved being in young Wole Soyinka’s head. Recollections become stronger, more deeply felt, more keenly described. Most importantly, accidentally, during this phase of Soyinka’s life events which marked perhaps scarred history were taking place -The 2nd World War, Colonialism Nigeria under Britain and, the Women’s Movement in Egbaland.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sep 30, Wendy Budetti rated it really liked it. Autobiography is not a genre I’m that keen on, but soyinnka is a definite exception.

A dazzling memoir of an African childhood from Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian novelist, playwright, and poet Wole Soyinka. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Ak: There were so many a familiar story, lores and ubiquitous narratives of my own formative years.

In this case, though, it doesn’t disappoint at all. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. It was a good read. Out of the entirety of ISoLT, Swann’s Way is the volumetric portion that stays with me, both out of the initial contact of superb wonder and my penchant for childhood narratives that don’t talk down to its younger self.

You Must Set Forth at Dawn: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I looked at him in some astonishment. Feb 10, Sotinka rated it liked it. World War II is going on but it is glimpsed from kae. This section contains words approx. As well as domestic and school dramas, Soyinka’s adventures include following a marching band to the next town when he was only five, taking part in a snake hunt, and being ritually scarified by his grandfather.

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Ships from and sold by Amazon. Jul 13, Anne Lutomia rated it really liked it Shelves: Growing up is a sometimes difficult process for Wole. Being young and incredibly inquisitive and curious, Wole gets into lots of trouble, both physically and emotionally.

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

Each and every sentence is more of a beam than a part, interchange of far reaching wave and concentrating of particle as Soyinka conjures up his childhood in as delightfully subsuming a manner as the best fiction often does.

Nov 26, Lindsey rated it really liked it. 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. If that’s the case, I cannot think of a more perfect protagonist than little Wole.

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I don’t generally like stories told from the perspective of young children, but this book was incredible; since it’s nonfiction it’s not required to be tragic, but it’s not all nostalgia either; it is just fun to read, Soyinka comes across a bright, somewhat mischievous child; his parents, “Essay” and “Wild Christian” — apparently its a cultural norm to refer to close relatives by nicknames — are very interest The autobiography of the Nobel prize winner from about three or four to eleven.

Wole Soyinka is fiercely curious, always questioning everything much to the exasperation of his parents.

Hmm I love how Wole Soyinka told the story.