Measuring Time: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Fiction - 383 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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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

A remarkable piece of work by Habila. His prose is lyrically attractive, poetic, a canvas of colours playing with some trompe l'oeil techniques and intertextual references from various authors. It's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

Yes. Yes. and Yes. I deeply appreciated that Habila is an African writer, telling stories from an African perspective. This emic perspective adds relevance to the story that is missing when the story ... Read full review

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Helon Habila is the internationally renowned author of Waiting for an Angel, which won both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Caine Prize for African Writing, and Measuring Time and Oil on Water. He was born in Nigeria and now divides his time between America and Nigeria.

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