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Sozaboy 1st Edition
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It is the story of a young apprentice driver for whom all uniformed human beings are heroes ... until he becomes one himself. Fighting on both sides of the front line and not knowing exactly for whom, it becomes clear to him that `little soldiers' are only `dead bodies' in the hands of corrupt powermongerers (generals, politicians, businessmen).
His whole world breaks down: why are people continuing to make children in this hellish world?
This brutal and shocking masterpiece is a must read for all those interested in world literature. Its phrasing in `rotten English' gives it a particularly tragic accent.
Ken Saro-Wiwa's death is also an utmost tragical one. He was condemned for `high treason' and hanged, because he defended his ogoni people against the ravages of their territory by an international oil company. A crime against humanity.
The plot follows a young man named Mene, who is eventually only known as Sozaboy, living in a small, rural village in Nigeria while tensions begin to build and suggest an upcoming war. The seemingly petty events of Mene's life, like his obsession with Agnes, the beautiful Lagos girl, eventually transform to create a heart-wrenching war novel. While growing up in his village of Dukana, Mene becomes an apprentice driver when his mom decides this to be the most lucrative career path for him, since she can no longer pay his school fees. His limited education is reflected in the mixture of pidgin English, corrupted English and "occasional flashes of good, even idiomatic English" that is used to narrate the novel, which Saro-Wiwa dubbed "rotten English" (iii). Although the narration can be, at times, difficult to follow, it is generally easy enough to figure out with the help of context clues and the glossary in the back of the book. Nonetheless, Saro-Wiwa succeeds in narrating an unbelievably eloquent novel, while criticizing the many facets of war.Read more ›
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I understand that the way the book is written and more specifically the language used is supposed to reflect the inner turmoil of the character and the disorganized nature of the... Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Samantha
I read Sozaboy about once a year. I love it. I don't know how many copies I've given away, a dozen at least. I never tire of it. Read morePublished on March 5, 2010 by Sara Bee 1321
Ken Saro-Wiwa's book brings us face to face with people we otherwise only see at a distance on TV as masses being hurled about by chaos and war. Read morePublished on February 28, 2009 by Reinhold Schlieper