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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.

16 comments:

Maxine said...

Soyinka takes a while to get into, but once you have your finger on his pulse, you will never look back.

Enkay said...

The only Soyinka book I read was the compulsory literature book - "The trials of Brother Jero". Never read any other but then I just might start.

Have you any wool said...

@ maxine
yeah, he really takes a while. for me he takes like five minutes, sometimes ten on each page, and yeah it's true, the time is worth it.

@Enkay

I read "the trials of brother Jero" too, i found it very funny. This is the second Soyinka book i am reading, you can start with it too

rayo said...

the man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.
yea Soyinka does take some getn used to but i tnk u shld try the autobiographies; ake, ibadan, isara. they r awesome!
this asuu strike is officially an unwelcome nuisance. ts plain frustratn me

Have you any wool said...

yeah, the man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny. you seem very conversant with his works. once i am through with this, i intend reading more of him, but i had no idea of any other book he's written. thanks for recommending those.

Asuu strike? i have just decided not to think of those people, i am channeling all my frustration into novels.

The Girl with the Red Hair said...

Wole Soyinka is one very complex writer, but I love his works most especially his poems.

I have not "The man died" but have always had it in my head, guess now I will just go read it.

Nice blog, first time here

Have you any wool said...

welcome then. Soyinka is an interesting person to read. yeah, i think you would enjoy the man died

Rose said...

Really Enjoy Soyinka's works too...The Man Died is an excellent work...The trials of Brother Jero...Hilarious...You must set forth at dawn is one i'm really relishing to say the least!...

Have you any wool said...

wow, seems like a lot of people enjoy his works. where have i been

Cidersweet said...

Hello!
I found your blog from Spesh's (Fareeda) and I so feel you on the pessimism you feel when it comes to Nigeria.
And yay! I read The Man Died last yr outta sheer boredom too. Like you I was stunned by how interesting it turned out.
Eyah, don't vex too much about ASUU. At least you'll keep discovering more interesting books, improving on yourself, and much more.
I like your blog already!
Cheers!

Have you any wool said...

wow! thanks for coming by. at this point i really need these words of consolation. it's true, looking at the brighter side, i read more novels now, and my depression inspires me to write more often. Isn't that what i have always wanted?

sunnyside said...

cool blog. tis what i ve been looking for. u were right.,wole soyinka's language is quite complex at first glance but give it time u ll find it quite interesting.. more grease.

Have you any wool said...

you are welcome, keep coming.

Uche said...

Hmm.. i'm LOVIN' IT.

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