Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria PDF ä

Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria Noo Saro Wiwa was brought up in England, but every summer she was dragged back to Nigeria a country she viewed as an annoying parallel universe where she had to relinquish all her creature comforts and sense of individuality Then her father, activist Ken Saro Wiwa, was murdered there, and she didn t return foryearsRecently, she decided to rediscover and come to terms with the country her father loved She travelled from the exuberant chaos of Lagos to the calm beauty of the eastern mountains from the eccentricity of a Nigerian dog show to the empty Transwonderland Amusement Park Nigeria s decrepit and deserted answer to Disneyland She explored Nigerian christianity, delved into its history of slavery, examined the corrupting effect of oil, investigated Nollywood She found the country as exasperating as ever, and frequently despaired at the corruption and inefficiency she encounteredBut she also discovered that it was far beautiful and varied than she had ever imagined, and she was seduced by its thick tropical rainforest and ancient palaces and monuments Most engagingly of all, she introduces us to the people she meets and gives us hilarious insights into the Nigerian character its passion, wit, and ingenuity


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10 thoughts on “Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria

  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    Memoir meets travelogue meets popculture It s ok, nothing memorable The only thing I really got from this book was that the general fraudulency and crookedness of Nigeria where the begging letter scam is a whole semi legitimate business is being replace


  2. Zanna Zanna says:

    I imagined this would bear some similarity to Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina s Some Day I Will Write About This Place, but there is nothing parallel here to Wainaina s sardonic critique of neo colonial representations of his country and continent There isn t


  3. Nnedi Nnedi says:

    I loved this book It was everything I wanted and expected.It took me to all the places in Nigeria that I haven t been able to go and it was from a point of view I could really relate to that of an outsider, an insider and neither Noo properly pronounced Naw has written


  4. Emma Deplores credocottage.co.uk Censorship Emma Deplores credocottage.co.uk Censorship says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this, somewhat to my surprise, since I am often impatient with travelogue segments in fiction But then, a nonfiction travel book succeeds if it informs and entertains the reader with information about a place, while fictional travels all too often serve as


  5. John John says:

    Author who s first name is pronounced gnaw travels through several regions of Nigeria in an attempt to determine how much she fits in there, having lived in England almost her entire life, except for extended summer visits back home as a child Other readers have criticized the book fo


  6. Beverly Beverly says:

    My thoughts I really enjoyed this book it is part travelogue, part memoir, part history lesson, part commentary written in an engaging thoughtful informative manner I have read several books on Nigeria but most of the books concentrated on one region or a specific conflict regarding a specifi


  7. Marieke Marieke says:

    i read this rather impulsively as soon as I found out about it I ve read a lot of Nigerian literature over the past few years and I have done quite a bit of nonfiction reading of Nigeria too Nigeria is one of those beguilingly complex countries that i don t ever want to stop learning about and someda


  8. Mark Staniforth Mark Staniforth says:

    Reading Noo Saro Wiwa s account of her travels in Nigeria, Looking For Transwonderland pub Granta , it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the current wave of Islamist terror gripping the country s north was inevitable, if not overdue.That a hopelessly corrupt and wholly uncontrollable nation of upward


  9. Mary Case Mary Case says:

    I am enjoying an education on a country I know very little about I was wishing for a map of Nigeria in the book Have a map handy Also, I found many pics online of the various sites and cities The book is decent but Nigeria doesn t seem like a very nice place It points out how Nigeria used to be an educated, progress


  10. Aloke Aloke says:

    Saro Wiwa is not a spectacular writer but she is a great travelling companion and when she comes to the end of her strange journey you want her to just keep on writing about wherever she goes next I do wish there had been a map included, here s a good one if you want to see where she went Saro Wiwa is not a spectacular writ


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