Of Africa by Wole Soyinka

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With the venerable Soyinka now 78, I wish I could report that his new volume of sweeping reflections is of the same stature as his best work, but sadly it is not. The book is vague, ponderous and awkward.
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A member of the unique generation of African writers and intellectuals who came of age in the last days of colonialism, Wole Soyinka has witnessed the promise of independence and lived through postcolonial failure. He deeply comprehends the pressing problems of Africa, and, an irrepressible essayist and a staunch critic of the oppressive boot, he unhesitatingly speaks out.
 

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Wole Soyinka, the first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, is a Nigerian writer, poet, and playwright. For his implacable resistance to political tyranny he has been imprisoned, threatened with assassination, and at times forced to live in exile.
 
Published November 1, 2012 by Yale University Press. 214 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by ADAM HOCHSCHILD on Nov 02 2012

With the venerable Soyinka now 78, I wish I could report that his new volume of sweeping reflections is of the same stature as his best work, but sadly it is not. The book is vague, ponderous and awkward.

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Reviewed by Andrew Rosenbaum on Nov 01 2012

Wonderful writing, wonderful thoughts, and in the end an erudite and informed plea for tolerance and humanism.

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