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Monday, July 27, 2009

The man died

I am reading 'The man Died' by Wole Soyinka.
I cannot believe i have had that book for over a year and couldn't get beyond the first chapter because of the writers complex language.

Anyway, due to ASUU strike, and a terrifying lack of what to read, i finally attacked my copy of the man died. And it turned out to be one of the most interesting books i have read in a very long time. Not only is it the closest i have ever come to knowing the Nigerian-side of the civil war, the author is very objective and funny. And the words, i love the war of words, the plenty beating about the bush, which you get during interrogations. It reminds me of Isidore Okpewho's Last Duty (an equally excellent book) only the man died is non-fiction. About the author's experience in prison

According to the author, 'The man dies in all who submit to the daily fear of humiliation'. makes me think of the times when i am afraid to do some things i am supposed to do.

previously i saw Micheal Jackson and Professor Wole Soyinka in the same light. "too popular for my liking, and their stuff too complicated for me" But this is the second Soyinka book i am reading and enjoying and i think i am really liking the writer's style.