By Toyin Omoyeni Falola
"A ideal coming-of-age tale so choked with shiny colour and emotion, the phrases appear to dance off the web page. yet this isn't in basic terms Falola's memoir; it really is an account of a brand new state entering being and the tensions and negotiations that at all times happen among urban and nation, culture and modernity, women and men, wealthy and terrible. a very appealing book."-Robin D. G. Kelley "More than a private memoir, this booklet is a wealthy minihistory of up to date Nigeria recorded in scrumptious aspect via a perceptive eyewitness who grew up on the crossroads of many cultures."-Bernth LindforsA Mouth Sweeter Than Salt gathers the tales and reflections of the early years of Toyin Falola, the grand historian of Africa and one of many maximum sons of Ibadan, the awesome Yoruba city-state in Nigeria.Redefining the autobiographical style altogether, Falola miraculously weaves jointly own, ancient, and communal tales, in addition to political and cultural advancements within the interval instantly previous and following Nigeria's independence, to offer us a distinct and enduring photo of the Yoruba within the mid-twentieth century. this is often really a literary memoir, advised in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, track, and humor.Falola's memoir is much greater than the tale of 1 man's early life stories; particularly, he provides us with the riches of a complete tradition and community-its historical past, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, family preparations, types of strength, struggles, and ameliorations.
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