Ake: The Years of Childhood

Ake: The Years of Childhood

by Wole Soyinka


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A dazzling memoir of an African childhood from Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian novelist, playwright, and poet Wole Soyinka.

Aké: The Years of Childhood gives us the story of Soyinka's boyhood before and during World War II in a Yoruba village in western Nigeria called Aké. A relentlessly curious child who loved books and getting into trouble, Soyinka grew up on a parsonage compound, raised by Christian parents and by a grandfather who introduced him to Yoruba spiritual traditions. His vivid evocation of the colorful sights, sounds, and aromas of the world that shaped him is both lyrically beautiful and laced with humor and the sheer delight of a child's-eye view. A classic of African autobiography, Aké is also a transcendantly timeless portrait of the mysteries of childhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679725404
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/23/1989
Series: Vintage International
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 408,852
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Wole Soyinka is an internationally acclaimed playwright, poet, novelist, and critic, who served as professor of comparative literature at the University of Ife, Nigeria, until forced to flee the country during the regime of General Abacha in the 1990s. His books published in the U.S. include his Collected Plays and the memoir The Man Died: Prison Notes. Soyinka became the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. He is now Professor in Residence at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

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