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By Toyin Omoyeni Falola

ISBN-10: 0472031325

ISBN-13: 9780472031320

ISBN-10: 0472114018

ISBN-13: 9780472114016

"Toyin Falola has given us what's actually infrequent in smooth African writing: a heavily humorous, racy, irreverent package deal of stories, and entire of the main awesome items of poetry and usual details. it's a topic of a few curiosity, that the one different quantity A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt reminds one in all is Ake, via Wole Soyinka. what's it approximately those Yorubas?"

-Ama Ata Aidoo

"A well suited coming-of-age tale so filled with vibrant colour and emotion, the phrases appear to dance off the web page. yet this isn't merely Falola's memoir; it's an account of a brand new state getting into being and the tensions and negotiations that constantly take place among urban and state, culture and modernity, women and men, wealthy and terrible. a really appealing book."

-Robin D. G. Kelley

"More than a private memoir, this publication is a wealthy minihistory of latest Nigeria recorded in scrumptious aspect by way of a perceptive eyewitness who grew up on the crossroads of many cultures."

-Bernth Lindfors

"The reader is irresistibly drawn into Falola's global. The prose is lucid. there's humor. This paintings is good. Period."

-Ngugi wa Thiongo'o

A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt gathers the tales and reflections of the early years of Toyin Falola, the grand historian of Africa and one of many maximum sons of Ibadan, the amazing Yoruba city-state in Nigeria.

Redefining the autobiographical style altogether, Falola miraculously weaves jointly own, ancient, and communal tales, besides political and cultural advancements within the interval instantly previous and following Nigeria's independence, to offer us a different and enduring photograph of the Yoruba within the mid-twentieth century. this is often really a literary memoir, informed in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, track, and humor.

Falola's memoir is way greater than the tale of 1 man's youth studies; fairly, he offers us with the riches of a whole tradition and community-its heritage, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, family preparations, different types of energy, struggles, and transformations.

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