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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This is the ideal circle of autobiography at its best. Retrieved from ” https: You could almost picture or imagine yourself in there growing up with him. It was a good read. Chapters 2 and 3.

Aké: The Years of Childhood

Paperbackpages. Dec 22, Rhiannon Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves: He eats plenty of good food and, by no means uniquely, but certainly eloquently, describes the multicultural reality of colonial West Africa.

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The second half of the book is a little clearer, written as a young man going through the rights of growing up, a disturbing night with the priest during sole his ankles and hands are ceromoniously bled, and his time at school including his experiences of coporal punishment.

This was a difficult book to read because of all of the cultural qke I didn’t understand. I suppose it also helps to have close family members with recollective memories as well.

Growing up is a sometimes difficult process for Wole.

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As with many childhood stories, it’s more of an episodic tale than a straight narrative, which means that it tends to be a little disjointed and slow-paced at times – but even then the fantastically colourful prose makes it worth it. English Choose a language for shopping. Refresh and try again. This surprisingly reasonable stance leads to eloquence regarding the matter of a stolen chicken being conducted along the lines of: He returned, perched upon the handlebars of a policeman’s bicycle, “markedly different from whatever I was before the march.


We wanted to move with the changing world. I guess that’s how life is: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The Years of Childhood. One can infer that life as a boy in Ake shapes Wole’s being and essence before he leaves Ake to soyinkq a government school run by white men. The Biography of a Place.

With World War II as the distant yet pervasive backdrop for this coming of age story, Soyinka introduces a wide cast of characters that somehow manages to stay straight in your mind and never get old. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I’d be curious to learn more about the disposition and politics of the people depicted in the book, and to get some larger context for the work as a whole–but as an independent piece of art, the book succeeds at many levels.

Near the end, he begins to woyinka more of the politics, and the last two chapters deal with a struggle against the local authorities by the women of the community.

The xke variety of cultural and natural influences is a brilliant manifesto for human crosscultural learning and understanding.

What had already been a joy now becomes thoroughly engaging as well. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

I don’t generally like stories told from the perspective of young children, but this book was incredible; since it’s nonfiction it’s not required to be tragic, but it’s not all nostalgia either; it is just fun to read, Soyinka comes across a bright, somewhat mischievous child; his parents, “Essay” and “Wild Christian” — apparently its a cultural norm to refer to close relatives by nicknames — are very interesting characters.


Everything is told from a child’s point of view, with no attempt to be prescient after the fact. HIs memories of his mom and dad are especially vivid.

Aké: The Years of Childhood Summary & Study Guide

Many words are split with a space where a line ended xoyinka the original book. Feb 19, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing. And then, just as if you were suddenly thrust into a bustling market that you have to find your way out of, you begin to notice a certain order beneath the chaos.

Soyimka Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. It’s all heat, colour and unfamiliar words and names. I’ve almost finished teaching “Things Fall Apart” with this year’s 10th graders, so that story was still fresh in my mind while I read this memoir by another Nigerian writer.

Aké: The Years of Childhood Summary & Study Guide

Deciding to go to school at an unusually earlier age was a feat that watered down the defenses of adults. Loved seeing the narrator’s relationship with his godmother, with the bookseller, and with his mother. Some words are lost entirely, as in this sentence almost looked the top of lt6ko straight in its pagan eye. Showing of 30 reviews. Another curious factor in this book is the very subtle acknowledgment of colonialism, which really only majorly comes into play in the book’s closing.