Measuring Time

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Penguin Adult, Feb 28, 2008 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Mamo and LaMamo are twin brothers living in the small Nigerian village of Keti, where their domineering father controls their lives. With high hopes the twins attempt to flee from home, but only LaMamo escapes successfully and is able to live their dream of becoming a soldier who meets beautiful women. Mamo, the sickly, awkward twin, is doomed to remain in the village with his father. Gradually he comes out of his father's shadow and gains local fame as a historian, and, using Plutarch's Parallel Lives as his model, he embarks on the ambitious project of writing a "true" history of his people. But when the rains fail and famine rages, religious zealots incite the people to violence and LaMamo returns to fight the enemy at home.A novel of ardent loyalty, encroaching modernity, political desire, and personal liberation, "Measuring Time" is a heart-wrenching history of Nigeria, portrayed through the eyes of a single family.

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Great book. Kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Read full review

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I liked the characters and their relationships, and the political goings-on -- both the political-hopeful father and the government interference in the school intrigued me. The language was pleasant ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Helon Habila was born in Nigeria in 1967. He won the Caine Prize for African Writing 2001 for the opening section of his first book, Waiting for an Angel, which then went on to win the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region, in 2003. He was previously Writer-in-Residence at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. He now teaches creative writing at the George Mason University, in Virginia. He divides his time between America and Nigeria.

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