A thrilling, epic story from a major new international talent.
Mamo and LaMamo are twin brothers living in the small Nigerian village of Keti, where their domineering father controls their lives. With high hopes the twins attempt to flee from home, but only LaMamo escapes successfully and is able to live their dream of becoming a soldier who meets beautiful women. Mamo, the sickly, awkward twin, is doomed to remain in the village with his father. Gradually he comes out of his father's shadow and gains local fame as a historian, and, using Plutarch's Parallel Lives as his model, he embarks on the ambitious project of writing a "true" history of his people. But when the rains fail and famine rages, religious zealots incite the people to violence—and LaMamo returns to fight the enemy at home.
A novel of ardent loyalty, encroaching modernity, political desire, and personal liberation, Measuring Time is a heart-wrenching history of Nigeria, portrayed through the eyes of a single family.
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Habila juxtaposes the depiction of Mamo’s intellectual growth with the story of Lamang’s self-destructive ambitions and, in a fascinating story within a story, the biography of the Mai he’s commissioned to write (for reasons that, he’ll discover, are less than celebratory).| Read Full Review of Measuring Time: A Novel
Whereas LaMamo is fearless and athletic, Mamo is suffering from sickle cell anemia, and the novel tracks their divergent lives, one as a soldier for hire in various West African wars, the other in Keti, where he works first as a schoolteacher, then as secretary to a local ruler.Feb 25 2007 | Read Full Review of Measuring Time: A Novel
Measuring Time by Helon Habila Hamish Hamilton £16.99, pp383 Helon Habila's self-published first novel, Waiting for an Angel, set in Lagos during the Abacha regime, won the Caine Prize in 2001 after the author posed as a publisher to make his submission.Feb 04 2007 | Read Full Review of Measuring Time: A Novel
Measuring Time by Helon Habila 383pp, Hamish Hamilton, £16.99 Twins, quadratures and syzygies have long been part of Nigerian literature and myth, usually as a challenge to views of society based on the primacy of the individual.Feb 10 2007 | Read Full Review of Measuring Time: A Novel
In Measuring Time, Helon Habila delivers a detailed insider's view of life in a Nigerian village during the turbulent '70's as well as a far-reaching saga of twin brothers desperate for freedom and fame.Feb 09 2007 | Read Full Review of Measuring Time: A Novel
With his gorgeously sinuous prose, Helon Habila parses the parallel and wildly divergent lives of twin brothers from a small Nigerian village in Measuring Time (Norton).| Read Full Review of Measuring Time: A Novel
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