Measuring Time

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Penguin Books Limited, Feb 28, 2008 - Fiction - 384 pages
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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 soldier 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 corrupt. 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 ...

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User Review  - bohemiangirl35 - LibraryThing

Measuring Time tells the story of twin brothers Mamo and LaMamo from the town of Keti in Nigeria. The story begins as the boys are school aged and they have resolved to "make life hard for their ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A story of struggle and survival in a small Nigerian village is the fruitful subject of African-born Habila's second novel (following his prize-winning debut, Waiting for an Angel, 2003).Twin brothers ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Helon Habila is a Nigerian novelist, poet and academic. He is the author of the novels Waiting for an Angel, Measuring Time and Oil on Water, and has won literary prizes including the Caine Prize and the Windham/Campbell Literature Prize. He teaches creative writing at George Mason University, Washington, and his most recent book The Chibok Girls will be published by Penguin Books in April 2017.

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