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Sozaboy describes the fortunes of a young naive recruit in the Nigerian Civil War from the first proud days o. 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 I was only 15 at the time but I remember signing petitions to try to get our governments to put pressure on the Nigerian military junta for a fair trial Although there was international pressure in the end Saro Wiwa was still executed Sozaboy was written than a decade before these events unfolded and the story of novel is based on the Biafran war which was in the late 1960s The story shows very clearly the author's political conscience in his discussion on the tragedy and futility of war from the eyes of a local youth Sozaboy the name the character calls himself in the story is drawn into the war by the glamour of soldiering though really having no sense of what soldiering means besides wearing a uniform marching with a gun and singing songs with your mates while you march and pressures from his rural community about the honour of being a soldier What the war is about and who is meant to fight whom and for how long is unclear to all members of the communityor if there are those in the know they are not sharing Out of love for his new wife who wants a strong man to protect her he joins the army much to his mother's distress Once he joins up though and having gone through some training Sozaboy uickly learns what the deal is war is war and there is nothing or no one the army is not willing to sacrifice for its causewhich Sozaboy never asks about or learnsWhat makes this book so wonderful is the voice of Sozaboy A young man with ambitions but little opportunities who is taken advantage of at almost every turn but has an unfailingly gentle nature he is what makes the horror of the story endurable for the reader Saro Wiwa made the contentious decision to write the novel in what he calls 'rotten english a mixture of Nigerian pidgin english broken english and occasional flashes of good even idiomatic English' This constricted language which uses a smaller vocabulary in creative ways is born of lack of a proper english education something which Sozaboy often laments and always hopes to redress and opportunity As Saro Wiwa points out is it disordered and disorderly adding a depth and vibrancy to Sozaboy's experience There will be some readers I expect who will find it too disruptive that it will impede their enjoyment of the novel I was not one of those people though I will admit that it took me awhile longer than usual to read through this relatively short novel Scented Holiday (Dogon-Hunters) the fortunes of a young naive recruit in A Knight and White Satin the Nigerian Civil War from Flushed Away (Movie Storybook) the first proud days o. 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Mixture of Nigerian pidgin English broken English and idiomatic English makes this a uniue and powerful nove. 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 throughout the village he will become a soza too But war is war he will be enrolled by the enemy the rebels Then he wants to find his mother and his beautiful wife Agnes with JJCIn a nutshell the story of Mene Sozaboy told by himself ie with a limited vocabulary a local English and which gives the full power to the story without specifying time or place like most uneducated children of African villages would In a word the style is naive in the extremeOf course one easily guesses it takes place during the Biafra civil war but in the end it doesn't matter This could be any conflict on the continentFor those who went to villages in West Africa the story is even touching I could recognize the simplistic logic of the poor farmers and some social aspects of the villages the belief in the magic the importance given to rumors the weight of tradition etc And then I also recognized a kind of insensitivity that I would not be able so much to describe Of course when Mene suffers he wants to escape but there is no emotional description of deaths or horrors of the civil war as if he didn't realize the importance of suffering Sozaboy is tossed from one place to another depending on the circumstances without realizing what happens to him or understanding the global context This behavior is fairly typical again among the least educated villagers in the sense who have not gone to school And of course as the story masterfully shows they are also the most vulnerable toward all kinds of excesses they are either placed on the side of the oppressors or oppressed by the circumstances the good will of the authorities or a powerful men all corrupted But there is no Manichaeism at ll Mene would be incapable of such thoughts Besides the Dukana people can be terribly cruelTo summary the story is wonderful incredibly powerful A Scandalous Passion (Sins & Scandals, this a uniue and powerful nove. 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