Looking for Transwonderland ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Noo Saro-Wiwa

Looking for Transwonderland

Granta Books
Publication date: April 2012
ISBN: 9781847085528
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
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Noo Saro-Wiwa was brought up in England, but every summer she was dragged back to Nigeria - a country she viewed as an annoying parallel universe where she had to relinquish all her creature comforts and sense of individuality. Then her father, activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, was murdered there, and she didn't return for 10 years. Recently, she decided to rediscover and come to terms with the country her father loved. She travelled from the exuberant chaos of Lagos to the calm beauty of the eastern mountains; from the eccentricity of a Nigerian dog show to the empty Transwonderland Amusement Park - Nigeria's decrepit and deserted answer to Disneyland. She explored Nigerian christianity, delved into its history of slavery, examined the corrupting effect of oil, investigated Nollywood. She found the country as exasperating as ever, and frequently despaired at the corruption and inefficiency she encountered. But she also discovered that it was far more beautiful and varied than she had ever imagined, and was seduced by its thick tropical rainforest and ancient palaces and monuments. Most engagingly of all she introduces us to the people she meets, and gives us hilarious insights into the Nigerian character, its passion, wit and ingenuity.
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Funny and eloquent

Noo Saro-Wiwa is an incredible writer. She manages to conjure a three-dimensional Nigeria right from the page with honest translations of what she sees. Reading this changed my mind's landscape - I was able to see a new place and a different way of life. Essentially she needed to reconcile two halves of her upbringing, and two very different cultures. It was fascinating to see how she began to appreciate her roots; she writes with a genuine love for the people and places she had struggled to embrace for so long.
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