By Wole Soyinka
A brilliant memoir of an African youth from Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian novelist, playwright, and poet Wole Soyinka.
Aké: The Years of Childhood provides us the tale of Soyinka's boyhood sooner than and through global battle II in a Yoruba village in western Nigeria known as Aké. A relentlessly curious baby who enjoyed books and stepping into trouble, Soyinka grew up on a parsonage compound, raised through Christian mom and dad and by way of a grandfather who brought him to Yoruba religious traditions. His shiny evocation of the colorful attractions, sounds, and aromas of the area that formed him is both lyrically beautiful and laced with humor and the sheer satisfaction of a child's-eye view. A vintage of African autobiography, Aké can also be a transcendantly timeless portrait of the mysteries of childhood.
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