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By Toyin Omoyeni Falola

ISBN-10: 0472031325

ISBN-13: 9780472031320

ISBN-10: 0472114018

ISBN-13: 9780472114016

"Toyin Falola has given us what's actually infrequent in smooth African writing: a heavily humorous, racy, irreverent package deal of thoughts, and entire of the main brilliant items of poetry and usual info. it's a topic of a few curiosity, that the single different quantity A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt reminds one in all is Ake, through Wole Soyinka. what's it approximately those Yorubas?"

-Ama Ata Aidoo

"A most appropriate coming-of-age tale so packed with vibrant colour and emotion, the phrases appear to dance off the web page. yet this isn't in simple terms Falola's memoir; it's an account of a brand new state getting into being and the tensions and negotiations that always happen among urban and state, culture and modernity, women and men, wealthy and terrible. a very attractive book."

-Robin D. G. Kelley

"More than a private memoir, this publication is a wealthy minihistory of latest Nigeria recorded in scrumptious element through a perceptive eyewitness who grew up on the crossroads of many cultures."

-Bernth Lindfors

"The reader is irresistibly drawn into Falola's international. The prose is lucid. there's humor. This paintings is nice. Period."

-Ngugi wa Thiongo'o

A 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 extraordinary 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 provide us a different and enduring photo of the Yoruba within the mid-twentieth century. this is often really a literary memoir, informed in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, track, and humor.

Falola's memoir is much greater than the tale of 1 man's formative years studies; particularly, he offers us with the riches of a complete tradition and community-its historical past, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, family preparations, types of strength, struggles, and transformations.

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