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Book Title: The Interpreters|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 37.24 MB
v The author of the book: Wole Soyinka
Edition: Trafalgar Square
Date of issue: 1996
ISBN 13: 9780233989785
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Read full description of the books The Interpreters:Kind of difficult for me to get into at first, set in Nigeria, following a group of Nigerian young professionals as they try to figure out how to be the Western educated people in a post-colonial Nigeria that is split and schizophrenic culturally from the divides between its history, its indiginous culture, its western and white influences, its political upheaval and corruption, and so on... The names of people, places, indiginous mythology, and certain historical events not in the maintstream consciousness of America make this somewhat difficult to follow at first, and it is definitely something to be re-read, rather than read. It took me two attempts to get past the first forty pages before I found myself picking it up a third time (nearly a year after the post-colonial literature class I took where I was supposed to have read this book in its entirety) and finally taking the initiative and effort to keep track of unfamiliar names, to refer to notes I took in the class on relevant culture and history of Nigeria, and proceeded to read it fully over two or three days, and loved it immensely. More than immensely.
P.S. I just re-read the Interpreters, and have to say I was even more blown way by the immensity, subtlety, and gravity of this book. I know all things literature are subjective, but Soyinka's writing is so phenomenal, I highly recommend to anyone who takes the time to read this review, make it a project to read this novel with some research in order to understand the context of what is unfamiliar, and immerse yourself.
Read information about the authorAwarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature for his work that "in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence."
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