Lemona's Tale

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Penguin, 1996 - Fiction - 143 pages
For a quarter of a century, Lemona has been held in a Nigerian prison, her crimes reflecting her passion and despair, her silence masking the truth. On the last day of her life she is visited by Ola, whose parents Lemona killed. To this woman Lemona recounts the events of her upbringing in poverty, the kindness of friends who took her in, and the abuse, corruption and betrayal by men which led to her downfall. though she is awaiting execution, Lemona's desire to understand the forces that shaped her life resonates throughout her story, leading Ola towards a new interpretation of her own history. -- Publisher description

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I jumped at this book when I saw the author. I recognised his name from Amnesty International articles I read years ago. Ken Saro Wiwa was a tireless environmental campaigner in Nigeria. He advocated ... Read full review

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Lemona has been silent in prison for 25 years but, the day before her execution, she permits a visitor to whom she finally recounts the story of her life. It is a woman’s compelling story of passion ... Read full review


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