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Er well versed in the ways of life and death Mamo too sickly to leave remains in Keti finding solace in the arms of Zara while watching impotently as his detested father grows powerful and c. I could live in this book and survive on these wordsthis is what I call a literary memory

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Measuring Time

Orrupt Unable to wield a weapon Mamo instead reaches for a pen and soon begins to write the true history of Keti and its people all the time awaiting the return of his beloved brother LaMamo. I waffled back and forth over if this book was a four star or a three starso it is getting a 3 from me I liked the book and found it very interesting But the reason for the three stars and not four is because the most interesting part for me was experiencing life in an African village and how civil warsany war affect the life of people living in the conflict areas The author does an excellent job of painting the picture of African village life and giving depth to Mamo the main character But the storyline didn t really capture my attention I enjoyed reading it but mainly because the background and setting kept me capturednot the story so muchOverall glad I read the book and it was better than I expected it to be but the journey I went on through the book was not via the storyline just the story setting and background

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In the small Nigerian village of Keti live Mamo and LaMamo twin sons of a domineering father When one day the boys try and escape the village only LaMamo succeeds and in time becomes a soldi. Really a 45 For all of what seem on the surface like gimmicks Nigerian twins the structure of the bildungsroman etc it adds up to a smart elegant story Mamo and LaMamo grow up neglected by their father and raised by their aunt Mamo is physically weak from sickle cell anemia LaMamo is strong They run away and LaMamo becomes a soldier Mamo is forced to turn back and becomes a teacher and a historian The pathos and boredom of Mamo s life is punctuated by LaMamo s letters from Liberia and Guinea where he is a mercenary soldier cum assistant to Medecins Sans Frontieres Mamo by dint of his writing is invited into the corridors of power but at personal and moral cost LaMamo s reappearance at the novel s end brings the story s action full circle The storytelling is graceful and economical Concerned as the novel s protagonist is with writing one is reminded that there are in fact good cliches


10 thoughts on “Measuring Time

  1. says:

    i wish i could have made a shelf called books in which two twins set off to become soldiers together only one has second thoughts and turns back and then they are separated and then i could put this and Gob's Grief on it however that is too long a shelf name to have APPARENTLYcome to my blog

  2. says:

    Measuring Time by Helon Habila skillfully weaves the political and cultural environment of Nigeria from the 1960s

  3. says:

    Really a 45 For all of what seem on the surface like gimmicks Nigerian twins the structure of the bildungsroman etc it adds up to a smart elegant story Mamo and LaMamo grow up neglected by their father and raised by their

  4. says:

    A remarkable piece of work by Habila His prose is lyrically attractive poetic a canvas of colours playing with some trompe l'oeil techniues and intertextual references from various authors It's stories within a sto

  5. says:

    I could live in this book and survive on these wordsthis is what I call a literary memory

  6. says:

    Measuring Time is the story of twin brothers their family and the people that shaped them Living in rural Nigeria village life and the natural environment add atmosphere and context Habila's story telling talents are evident

  7. says:

    A long demanding novel it's also a slow starter I kept being tempted to bail out until at midpoint I figured out what it was about that was tw

  8. says:

    I waffled back and forth over if this book was a four star or a three starso it is getting a 3 from me I liked the book and found it very interesting But the reason for the three stars and not four is because the most interesting pa

  9. says:

    reading this book was listening to my father talk about his life before immigration i could easily see him and his mates living out their lives in this novel it was realistic fiction becuase it bought the nigerian of my father's youth and the

  10. says:

    If I were still teaching I would teach this book not only for the uestions it raises to which I do not know the answers Nigerian history primary among them but also because it is beautifully told deceptively simple and filled with love and wisdom anger and illness dishonesty and naive hopeful belief Mamo and LaMamo are twins who as children seek adventure and fame and as adults realize the dark side of both ambitions

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