New PDF release: A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt: An African Memoir

By Toyin Omoyeni Falola

"Toyin Falola has given us what's really infrequent in smooth African writing: a heavily humorous, racy, irreverent package deal of thoughts, and whole of the main marvelous items of poetry and traditional details. it's a topic of a few curiosity, that the single different quantity A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt reminds considered one of is Ake, by means of Wole Soyinka. what's it approximately those Yorubas?"

-Ama Ata Aidoo

"A greatest coming-of-age tale so choked with vibrant colour and emotion, the phrases appear to dance off the web page. yet this isn't purely Falola's memoir; it truly is an account of a brand new kingdom entering being and the tensions and negotiations that perpetually ensue among urban and nation, culture and modernity, women and men, wealthy and bad. a really attractive book."

-Robin D. G. Kelley

"More than a private memoir, this publication is a wealthy minihistory of latest Nigeria recorded in scrumptious aspect by way of a perceptive eyewitness who grew up on the crossroads of many cultures."

-Bernth Lindfors

"The reader is irresistibly drawn into Falola's global. 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 remarkable 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 distinct and enduring photograph of the Yoruba within the mid-twentieth century. this can be actually a literary memoir, informed in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, track, and humor.

Falola's memoir is much greater than the tale of 1 man's adolescence reviews; fairly, he offers us with the riches of a whole tradition and community-its historical past, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, family preparations, varieties of strength, struggles, and transformations.

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