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Ake: The Years of Childhood
Ake: The Years of Childhood
By Wole Soyinka
Random House, 1982, 230 pp

This autobiography of Nigeria's poet, playwright, and novelist extraordinaire is a classic essay on childhood, as well as a richly rendered reminiscence of Yoruba social life in the pre-independence period. Firmly planted within African culture, but honed in the Western literary tradition, Soyinka perfectly conveys his own youthful synthesis of his family's fervent, literate and disciplined Christianity with the animism of their milieu. For the Western reader his book offers unparalleled insights into Africa conveyed through effortlessly flowing narrative-a real joy!