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Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria Paperback – August 21, 2012
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"The daughter of slain Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa revisits her homeland as an adult in this absorbing tour of that complex African country As she tours the country and gets to know people from its many ethnic groups, she gains a better understanding of and appreciation for Nigeria. Saro-Wiwa is a sharp and insightful guide, giving readers an intimate look at the varied regions that comprise this fascinating country." Booklist (Starred)
"The author allows her love-hate relationship with Nigeria to flavor this thoughtful travel journal, lending it irony, wit and frankness."Kirkus
- ASIN : 1619020076
- Publisher : Soft Skull (August 21, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781619020078
- ISBN-13 : 978-1619020078
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.02 x 0.93 x 9.01 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #674,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you've never been to Lagos, the city that threatens the author's delicate internal balance, she just may persuade you to give it a try, knowing of course, that you may return [IF, you do] with some of the outer margins of your sanity in disarray too.
I'm enjoying this book in portions, like a good movie you're afraid may end before you want it to .....i know, preposition at the end, no bueno, but you get the idea.
I don't know if Miss Noo set out to be funny but she has me in stitches.
It's lovely to see in vivid imagery familiar people and situations. I feel as though I'm with her as she embraces Nigeria via public transport. Whatever possessed her to do such a thing eludes me at the moment. Nevertheless, she pulls you in with her wide-eyed wonder which alternates with shock and sometimes, resigned indignation.
This is my first time reading her work. I hope she has others.
I enjoyed the book a great deal since I lived in Nigeria for some years and also traveled around the country quite a bit. I enjoyed her observations on everyday life and the Nigerian psyche. I also appreciated learning about some of the rather obscure places she visited along the way.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Nigeria, lives there, lived there, loves the place and has hopes for its redemption!
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The first thing I started to do when I put the book down was to start planning a trip to see the vast expanse of Nigeria that isn't Hilton Hotels and limousines. The author is very open about her country's short-comings and doesn't attempt to hide the frightening and sinister side of Nigeria's corruption, violence and inequality. But if anything this serves to highlight the raw beauty of this country and the charm of its many peoples and sadly the fatalistic attitude of the population at large that has perhaps prevented Nigeria from using its many human and natural resources to become a happier and more settled place. In any case I thoroughly recommend this inspiring and often funny book which is one of the best examples of travel writing I have read in a long time.