What are you reading this week? Check out the top three books we can’t wait to read, selected for you by our librarian.
The Last of the Strong Ones by Akachi Adimora- Ezeigbo
This engrossing saga is a recreation of old times in a town in Eastern Nigeria. It takes the reader on a sensational sequence of journeys, sometimes allegorical, sometimes picturesque, into the hearts and families in this close-knit four village community.
The narrative is set against a panorama of the early 1900s, when British colonial administrators prowled the hinterland of Umuga, plundering and maiming and killing at every turn in an unbelievable orgy of savagery in the name of pacification and subjugation.
It is an epic that adds a new dimension to contemporary Nigerian fiction- so moving, so filled with true pathos and real people, so individual in vision, so vigorous in ideas and swift in style that is simply ‘unputdownable’ till the very end.
Adebayo Faleti: A Study of His Poems by Olatunde O. Olatunji
Adebayo Faleti is one of the most versatile of all Yoruba creative writers. He is a first rate novelist, a most accomplished dramatist and certainly the greatest Yoruba poet living today.
In this study of Faleti's poems, the first exhaustive analysis of any Yoruba Poet ever, Professor Olatunji has brought into play his wide experience as a teacher of, and researcher in, Yoruba oral poetry for over ten years.
The book includes chapters on such topics as Faleti's view on the role of a poet and poetry, his use of language, the stylistic devices employed by the poet and the place of Faleti amongst Yoruba poets. All in all, the book shows how a poetic genius has made use of tradition to produce something that is new and at the same time, traditional.
Sunset over Nairobi by Rasheed Gbadamosi
This collection of twenty short stories contains accounts of the author's childhood reflections, experiences during young adulthood in a foreign culture and his return at a time when his society is in a period of transition.
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