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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Jul 06, Peter Eze rated it it was amazing. How the bewilderment of a little boy is captured through his grownup self and laid bare on soyunka page.

Deciding to go to school at an unusually earlier age was a feat that watered down the defenses of adults. It’s obviously a very personal story of one man’s early years, but he really put everything in historical context and helped me to understand historical events particularly the Holocaust and WWII as they aff I kept starting this book, and then putting it down to read other things, but I’m aek glad I picked it back up and finished it!

This works most of the time but sometimes left me confused, especially when Soyinka neglected to translate a few local words or fill in some blanks for foreign readers. May 12, Keleigh rated it liked it Shelves: We wanted to satisfy every instinct.

One scene killing and cooking a snake on a neighbouring farm brings together all those revelatory emotions, the joy of being part of sojinka natural world, a little like Arthur Ransome evokes that childish sense of adventure which is so much more thrilling and innocent than the adult variety.


This book felt so honest, like the author caught all the feelings he felt. But most especial where the weighing realizations on how so many things turned out the way they did in today’s Nigeria.

Aké: The Years of Childhood Summary & Study Guide

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? No highlighting or writing, but spine damaged, creases over cover, generally torn up.

In his refusal to bow to authority ‘just because’ you can see faint echoes of ssoyinka man who would question and speak out against tyranny and dictatorship. 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 skyinka as an independent piece of art, the book succeeds at many levels. Many words are split with a space where a line ended in the original book.

Except Wole’s story is much more hopeful. His grandfather was a pagan, and there are many references to the more superstitious parts of the traditional religion — Soyinka did not become interested in the religion seriously until somewhat later. His very empowering story of the plight of poor women in Nigeria, and how women from all backgrounds wloe situations market traders, farmers, rich and aek women alike came together to support each other and help themselves and each other, was what really put this book over the top for me.

Aké: The Years of Childhood Summary & Study Guide

Retrieved from ” https: Admittedly, the story taking place before and during WWII grounds one a bit, but here the new is traded for the novel lens, a view of things both turned on its head and lushly unique. Write a customer review. He displays the kind of wonderment and delight that we can only hope to have in fully grown adults.


He listens to a leader of the women complain bitterly against the racist behavior of the whites using the “inhuman weapon” upon the Japanese soyinks they should have bombed Germany instead.

Aké: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka

I laughed at the antics Ake was guilty of xoyinka I experienced similar events with my American born and raised boys. View all 9 comments.

Memoirs books Works by Wole Soyinka. Cover of first edition. Nov 16, Victor Chizi rated it aoyinka liked it. This progression is not only because he is growing older, but because he has been given a political foundation from which to actively process and engage with his surroundings.

All grown up and now a Nobel Laureate. Hmm I love how Wole Soyinka told the story. The young narrator was endearing, though, and I especially loved his descriptions of his parents’ interactions–they sound like a pretty amazing family.

Aké: The Years of Childhood

Sep 20, Marcy rated it really liked it. Add both to Cart Add both to List. The evolution presented is one of feminist awakening. Jul wol, Anne Lutomia rated it really liked it Shelves: This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat