Sozaboy Sozaboy describes the fortunes of a young naive recruit in the Nigerian Civil War from the first proud days of recruitment to the disillusionment confusion and horror that follows The author s use of

  • Title: Sozaboy
  • Author: Ken Saro-Wiwa
  • ISBN: 9780582236998
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sozaboy describes the fortunes of a young naive recruit in the Nigerian Civil War from the first proud days of recruitment to the disillusionment, confusion and horror that follows The author s use of rotten English a mixture of Nigerian pidgin English, broken English and idiomatic English makes this a unique and powerful novel.

    Ken Saro Wiwa Kenule Beeson Ken Saro Wiwa October November was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize.Saro Wiwa was a member of the Ogoni people, an ethnic minority in Nigeria whose homeland, Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta has been targeted for crude oil extraction since the s Google Search the world s information, including webpages, images, videos and Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you re looking for. Biafra Die Republik Biafra war ein Staat, der unter Federfhrung der Volksgruppe der Igbo veraltet Ibo die Unabhngigkeit von Nigeria erklrte Der Staat umfasste den sdstlichen Teil Nigerias einschlielich groer Erdlvorkommen im Nigerdelta und wurde von vier afrikanischen Staaten sowie von Haiti anerkannt Im Zuge des Biafra Krieges von bis wurde Biafra wieder in Nigeria live translation Traduction franaise Linguee a vast continent of intimacy, emotion and words beyond our grasp, as Kristeva continues. Guerre du Biafra Wikipdia partir de , les deux armes maintiennent leurs positions et aucune ne parvient progresser significativement.La population civile, coince entre deux feux et craignant des massacres de la part de l arme nigriane, n a d autre choix que de soutenir le gouvernement du Biafra et de se dplacer de camp en camp de rfugis.Le blocus terrestre et maritime de la poche biafraise o

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    1. Ken Saro-Wiwa

      Kenule Ken Beeson Saro Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize Saro Wiwa was a member of the Ogoni people, an ethnic minority in Nigeria whose homeland, Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta has been targeted for crude oil extraction since the 1950s and which has suffered extreme environmental damage from decades of indiscriminate petroleum waste dumping Initially as spokesperson, and then as President, of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People MOSOP , Saro Wiwa led a nonviolent campaign against environmental degradation of the land and waters of Ogoniland by the operations of the multinational petroleum industry, especially the Royal Dutch Shell company He was also an outspoken critic of the Nigerian government, which he viewed as reluctant to enforce environmental regulations on the foreign petroleum companies operating in the area.At the peak of his non violent campaign, Saro Wiwa was arrested, hastily tried by a special military tribunal, and hanged in 1995 by the military government of General Sani Abacha, all on charges widely viewed as entirely politically motivated and completely unfounded His execution provoked international outrage and resulted in Nigeria s suspension from the Commonwealth of Nations for over three years.

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    1. L'UOMO DEVE VIVERE A me sozalettore, il racconto in prima persona di Mene evoca un fiume di coscienza, più che un flusso: ho per caso trovato un novello Ulysses nel continente nero? Ma il sozalettore può sentire anche odore di romanzo picaresco.E avere l'impressione che anche Mark Twain sia passato per queste pagine. Epperò, questo libro si potrebbe recepire come una storia d'amore: Mene va a fare il soldato e diventa sozaboy per amore della sua Agnes che ha più tette che anima. Le luci dell [...]

    2. I’m fond of reading Nigerian Literature. Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ben Okri, Helon Habila are amongst my favorite authors… and now, I include Ken Saro-Wiwa. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia of having grown up in Lagos (as an infant to the end of my teens) that echoes the setting in the back of my mind while I read these authors’ literary works. Whether it’s the traditions of the ethnic peoples, the woes and struggles of daily life under oppression (by brutal military dictators [...]

    3. I was really curious to read this book after have seen Black Gold. The movie doesn't talk about Ken Saro-Wiwa, but it deals with one of the most tragic problems of Nigeria: multinational oil companies that exploited the land without worrying about the inhabitants' health or the environment. Ken Saro-Wiwa has been killed in 1995 for his pacific fight against these oil corporations and because of the corruption of his government. At the presentation of Black Gold they talked a lot about Saro-Wiwa [...]

    4. Comunque, all'inizio, tutti erano contenti a Dukana.Il romanzo dI Ken Saro-Wiwa è ambientato nella regione subsahariana dell'Africa, la Nigeria. Anche se, in realtà, Sozaboy potrebbe essere ambientato in qualsiasi altra nazione africana dilaniata da una guerra civile o contagiata dalla corruzione di un governo instabile. La narrazione avviene attraverso la tecnica del flusso di coscienza e l'utilizzo di un linguaggio descritto dall'autore come Rotten english ossia un amalgama di pidgin nigeria [...]

    5. Saro Wiva è -era, è stato giustiziato - un famosissimo personaggio pubblico nigeriano (autore per la radio e la tv, scrittore, saggista, anche reporter) che ha pagato con la vita la sua attività politica a favore degli abitanti del delta del Niger. Una nota doverosa per ricordare anche l'uomo che ha scritto questo bellissimo libro. All'inizio l'ho trovato quasi irritante, perché ci si ritrova praticamente nella testa del protagonista, Meme, un ragazzetto abitante di Dukana, fantastico villag [...]

    6. Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed in 1995 after a show trial by Abacha's military government. Saro-Wiwa was a well-known activist against the environmental degradation of the Niger Delta owing to the oil industry's extraction of oil with no care or consideration for the local ecology. As an Oboni tribe member, who live in and around the Niger Delta, Saro-Wiwa felt it necessary to actively protest the company's actions (primarily Shell) and the government's complicity in this environmental devastation. [...]

    7. Sozaboy Sozaboy is a story about a young African boy that tells his story in horrible broken English. This is a well-written story that has a mix of adventure, and a large amount of emotion spread through the story. This story starts out with Sozaboy telling his life story in his village. As the story unfolds there is a very important scene in the book when Sozaboy goes into one of his favorite bars and sees a very beautiful girl. This girl he decides, will be his wife. He walks up to her fairly [...]

    8. This book is written in what the author called "Rotten English". ;In addition to a moving story.Fictional about the Nigerian Civil War in the 1960s following the life of Soza boy (soldier boy) the main character who fought for Biafra and was captured prisoner.The story is based on the real events in Saro-Wiwa's homeland of Nigeria; Soza Boy is a member of a small tribe and signs up to fight for his own country. There is a contrast between his naive belief and the reality of the war, his small vi [...]

    9. Mene is a boy from the village of Dukana, Nigeria. Apprentice drive, he lives with his mom. The civil war approaches. He met in the nearby town a pretty girl, Agnes, "Agnes with JJC" (you'll have to read the book to understand! ) Born in Dukana, and having lived in Lagos. Of course, he wants to marry her. To please Agnes with JJC , he will wear a uniform, singing military songs, and like Zaza, the soza (soldier) who went to Burma (Myanmar) a long time ago to hunt "Hitla" and since, is admired th [...]

    10. Sentence diagrammers beware! Written in “rotten English,” a dialect invented by Saro Wiwa himself (complete with it’s own grammatical and syntactical rules – dependent clauses can function as complete sentences, etc.) which incorporates “Nigerian Pidgin English, Broken English, and Idiomatic English,” it may take several pages to get into the flow of the language, but I implore you to do so. Sozaboy is the quintessential African War story, as well as the greatest anti-war novel I’v [...]

    11. Int the novel Sozaboy, the main character life is told. The reader is told what he does for a living and how he came to get it, about how he spends his past time and about his life in his village. The story develops further with Sozaboy meeting a girl in his favorite bar. He finds her attractive and wants to marry her. She says she will only marry a soldier. After a few days the army enlists all the young men. Sozaboy has a great time there till his friend steals alcohol from a superior officer. [...]

    12. Sozaboy is a book written by Ken Saro-Wiwa.The setting of the novel is an African Country which he does not mention though it is obviously Nigeria.It tells a tale of a soldier who joins the war but does not know nor understand what he is fighting for, which i find is just ignorant and dumb.The narrator of the story is a naive apprentice driver who ends up in the prisoner of war camps. He witnesses the destruction that had finally became 'disillusioned', he walked away from all of it, but then on [...]

    13. I loved this book! The "rotten English" (as the author calls it) was really lyrical and made the story more poignant. The way he used language really interpreted the story, the protagonist's state of mind, the emotions well. It caused me to think harder about what he was saying and thus to better identify with his feelings, including confusion about the war and its meaning (or lack thereof). I will reread this book many times, I'm sure.

    14. La guerra vista dal basso in tutta la sua inspiegabile cattiveria ed ingiustizia.Un linguaggio volutamente sgangherato e geniale ci porta a fianco del protagonista , ci fa sperare soffrire ridere con lui . Finito il libro si ha la certezza di non dimenticarlo.Mai.

    15. Sozaboy tells the story of Mene who decides to become a soldier because of the taunting from the World War II veteran in his village and Agnes with the J.J.C's desire to be with a man that can protect her. He wishes to impress all the residents of Dukana by returning with his uniform, gun, and some medals. The language used, 'Rotten English' the mix of English, Pidgin English and all the local expressions create the impact of Mene's tragic story. Sozaboy is an experience; I highly recommend read [...]

    16. A sort of Clockwork Orange-y linguistic experiment called "rotten English" and a grim anti-war novel. Would highly recommend.

    17. The language experiment (a lawless mash-up of Nigerian Pidgin and English) is rather fascinating and well done, although when paired with the atrocious and almost nonexistent margins, it made for pretty uncomfortable reading.I'm not sure I ever really enjoyed Sozaboy, but I am glad I read it.

    18. In the book ‘Sozaboy’ by Ken Saro-Wiwa is a book in rotten English taking place in Nigeria while the civil war was taking place. It’s about a boy who lives in a Nigerian village with his family. One day when Sozaboy went to his favorite bar he met a lovely girl he directly fell in love with. He wanted to marry her, but she only wanted to merry a soldier. Not much later the army enlists all young men from Sozaboy’s village and he was one of them. He learned a lot in the army and loved it. [...]

    19. Sozaboy is written entirely in rotten or broken English, which gives the book a bit of learning curve. Even though it might seem a bit tough, you need to get used, the language before you can really get into the story and themes. (Of which there re plenty) The main character is Mene a young man in a village in Nigeria in the 1960's. During this time period, Nigeria is wrought with a civil war. Mene’s village is dragged in and Mene becomes a soldier or a ‘soza’ as he says it. At first he is [...]

    20. at first the "rotten english" combined with a sense of alienation stemming from my own personal ignorance of the nigerian cival war and general african literature, politics, and history, put me off of this novel. i started reading the book approximately a dozen times, slowly inching my way through the opening chapters like a trip to the dentists. the next moment i was engrossed, i figured out saro-wiwa's unique and stunning accomplishment in writing a novel in the nonexistent language of "rotten [...]

    21. Another read from my Human Rights literature class, except not a very enjoyable one. Our main protagonist is Mene, a young and naïve man who wants to enlist in the army to protect his woman (Agnes), stand up for his hometown, Dukana, along with many other reasons. Mene is tempted by the glory of war, but doesn't really understand how it functions, and how brutal it really is.In Sozaboy, we aren't given a lot of background information as readers so it's confusing to how some characters get to be [...]

    22. This book is written entirely in a form of pidgin English, which makes it a bit difficult to understand, but not too tough once you get into it. It's told from the point of view of Mene, a young man growing up in a tiny village in Nigeria in the 1960's. His village is caught up in the country's civil war and Mene, despite having no understanding of what the war is about, is proud to become a soldier, a "soza," so he can wear a uniform and be a big man. He quickly discovers that being a soldier i [...]

    23. Nigerian civil war with an arrestingly vibrant, innocent and compelling narrative voice. Mene, the narrator, is quite the lad. And naturally the human race doesn't need any less reminders of what the (sometimes necessary) cannibalism of war does to sharp, sweet, good-natured kids who think it's their way up the ladder to respectability.I heard the music of Fela Kuti in my head as I read this and if you're interested in reading it it provides a great backdrop. If you're not, go to youtube and lis [...]

    24. The story follows almost three years of a young man's life before, during, and after his being a soza (soldier). It is carefully tied together from beginning to end with recurring characters and with his unremitting desire to reunite with his mama and his attractive wife. There often is a mystery, suspense, or surprise. It is Mene's (Sozaboy's) narration of the Biafran war from his first-hand experience, from which he reaches several conclusions about the village society, the sozas, the conduct [...]

    25. Interesting short-but-not-quick novel that really made me think about how language interacts with our thinking and reasoning and how this relates to how we process our emotions and make sense of the world. Does a stunted vocabulary diminish our ability to reason through situations and lead to inner frustration with this inability? Does the frustration manifest itself in other areas of our life and interactions with people?

    26. Written in a form of pidgin English, this is a fictional story of a young man from a small Nigerian village who joins the army during the civil war, naively thinking he'll impress his wife and get glory. The story tells the chilling evolution as the naivete is dispelled by the atrocities and corruption of war. I liked that the story showed the horrors of the civil war through the eyes of this one young soldier.

    27. Saro-Wiwa's masterful use of "rotten English" tells the story of a young man's loss of innocence. It is powerful in its emotional and intellectual content. The reader is immediately brought into the character's world of naïveté and discovery. His language becomes our language and we see the world and the war through his eyes. It is an engaging and beautiful novel.

    28. Made me understand a little part of what's behind current political situation in the Nigeria/Benin/Niger area.It's amazing how Saro-Wiwa accomplished to make such a good portrait using every day slums slang.

    29. This book, which is written in pidgen English, describes the life of one African enlisted in the service of several armies that are not his own. Once you learn to read the vernacular is a spectacular example of how, although someone's language may not be pure, they are not any less of a human.

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