Ake: The Years of Childhood


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I’m currently reading Wole Soyinka’s Ake: The Years of Childhood, Soyinka’s childhood memoir set in Kenya. It’s an amazing mixture of humour and the presentation of events from the perspective of a young child old and wise before his time.

As one of the first examples of African Literature I’ve read (along with Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull and Ezekiel Mphahlele’s Down Second Avenue) it’s one of those books that result in you being annoyed that you have to put it down and do other ‘important’ things. The picture of the author says a lot for the style of his writing.

Image of Kenyan author and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Wole Soyinka

Image courtesy of http://www.sociolingo.com


I managed to find it fairly easily and cheaply on Amazon, definitely worth reading.


About jayl27

I'm a 26 year-old freelancer, student and kayaker born in the RSA and now living in Norbiton, UK. I'm into alternative, classic rock and some metal (how modern..), have travelled lots and will be doing lots more as soon as my boiler's fixed. I sometimes train twice a day which explains my attachment to chocolate. I'm not a nerd but my primary school did make a special reading award just for me. I write about spirits and beverages, travel, books, environmental issues, sport-related stuff and whatever else takes my fancy. I read. Lots.

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