By Toyin Omoyeni Falola
-Ama Ata Aidoo
"A wonderful coming-of-age tale so choked with shiny colour and emotion, the phrases appear to dance off the web page. yet this isn't simply Falola's memoir; it truly is an account of a brand new kingdom entering being and the tensions and negotiations that consistently ensue among urban and state, culture and modernity, women and men, wealthy and negative. a very attractive book."
-Robin D. G. Kelley
"More than a private memoir, this e-book is a wealthy minihistory of latest Nigeria recorded in scrumptious aspect through a perceptive eyewitness who grew up on the crossroads of many cultures."
"The reader is irresistibly drawn into Falola's international. The prose is lucid. there's humor. This paintings is good. Period."
-Ngugi wa Thiongo'o
A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt gathers the tales and reflections of the early years of Toyin Falola, the grand historian of Africa and one of many maximum sons of Ibadan, the impressive Yoruba city-state in Nigeria.
Redefining the autobiographical style altogether, Falola miraculously weaves jointly own, ancient, and communal tales, in addition to political and cultural advancements within the interval instantly previous and following Nigeria's independence, to provide us a different and enduring photograph of the Yoruba within the mid-twentieth century. this is often really a literary memoir, advised in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, track, and humor.
Falola's memoir is much greater than the tale of 1 man's adolescence studies; quite, he provides us with the riches of a complete tradition and community-its background, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, family preparations, different types of strength, struggles, and transformations.
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