The eldest son of a primary-school headmaster and a devout Christian mother, Wole Soyinka lived a comfortable life in the Aké parsonage in Abeokuta. Ake: The Years of Childhood is author Wole Soyinka’s autobiographical account about events in his childhood between about and in the town of Ake. Wole Soyinka was a bright, curious child and his account of his early childhood in the town of Abeokuta in Western Nigeria is enchanting.

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It is what makes Ake, in addition to its other great virtues, the best available introduction to the work of one of the liveliest, most exciting writers in the world today.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The Years of Childhood from BookRags. His account of himself as simultaneously an admirably curious boy and an annoyingly arrogant one deserves some credit–it truly feels as if he remembers the details and si Without a doubt the most stunning aspect of this book is the vividness with which Soyinka recalls conversations in his boyhood.

There are no great moments, no previously hidden insights on how to achieve greatness. The first few pages are a little bewildering, before you sink eoyinka the comfortable flow of humorous, tender, wondering memories. He muses on the bizarre practices of the adult world, such as why are white school children allowed pockets and black children not.

One person found this helpful. Growing up is a sometimes difficult process for Wole. So, pay attention, because this work brings to mind that languid tidal wave in all the right ways.

Aké: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka

Playwright, poet, novelist, polemical essayist and now autobiographer, Mr. Whereas Achebe writes about the Igbo people, though, Soyinka is from the western, Yoruba, part of the country.


A relentlessly curious child who loved books and getting into trouble, Soyinka grew up on a parsonage A dazzling memoir of an African childhood from Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian novelist, playwright, and poet Wole Soyinka.

Soyinka, however, has had his childhood etched on his brain. This section contains words approx. Jul 13, Aubrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a difficult book to read because of all of the cultural references I didn’t understand. May 27, Adrienne Wyker rated it really liked it.

We wanted to satisfy every instinct. Perhaps if a childhood is as eventful as his own, one cannot help but remember the little things. Explore the Home Gift Guide. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Ak: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Helpful asterisks appear to explain the unfamiliar words, you start to keep track of names and voila, you’re halfway through the story, before you know it.

Aké: The Years of Childhood Summary & Study Guide

His father was a teacher, his mother ran a shop and his extended family could be called middle class. His account of himself as simultaneously an admirably curious boy and an annoyingly arrogant one deserves some credit–it truly feels as if he remembers the details and significance of his own behavior in these distinct and impactful times in his life.

The child’s voice is engaging and he has a fine sense of humor but I found the wolf hard to follow sometimes, getting the characters confused and incidents not really fleshed out enough for my taste. How the bewilderment of a little boy is captured through his grownup self and laid bare on the page.

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Wole Soyanka is a Noble Prize winning Nigerian author. Soyinke shares with the world memories of his childhood in Ake and later going to school. The scene soyinja a young Soyinka follows along behind a marching band and gets lost is delightful.

Aké: The Years of Childhood (Wole Soyinka) – book review

It’s in the little details, glimpsed through a child’s eyes. Like Wild Christian, Daodu prefers to teach with punishment, though he rules his school like a court of law, where evidence is presented and witnesses are questioned for every accused offense. Always stubborn, always questioning, always following his interests both physical and intellectual, viewing the admonishment of various adults as guidelines he is fully free to evaluate and critique in as wolee a manner as is necessary.

More importantly this book gives a good glimpse into a completely different world and you learn a lot from parts of it! As the story progresses you come to feel as if you know the narrator, his impudence, playfulness and resilience. Soyinka’s narration gets right inside his childish mind, and readers are left to interpret events through those eyes and whatever context we can come up with.

A more accurate description, by Amazon guidelines, would have been “acceptable” or at best, “good”. No highlighting or writing, but spine damaged, creases over cover, ae torn up.

In a rousing rally, the women storm the local governor’s mansion demanding action, eventually staging a sit-in until their demands are met. Woke was a good read.

Pritchett, and Vladimir Nabokov.