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By Toyin Omoyeni Falola

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

-Ama Ata Aidoo

"A wonderful coming-of-age tale so choked with bright colour and emotion, the phrases appear to dance off the web page. yet this isn't simply Falola's memoir; it truly is an account of a brand new country entering being and the tensions and negotiations that continually happen among urban and state, culture and modernity, women and men, wealthy and bad. a really attractive book."

-Robin D. G. Kelley

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

-Bernth Lindfors

"The reader is irresistibly drawn into Falola's international. 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 striking Yoruba city-state in Nigeria.

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

Falola's memoir is much greater than the tale of 1 man's adolescence reviews; fairly, he provides us with the riches of a complete tradition and community-its heritage, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, loved ones preparations, kinds of energy, struggles, and transformations.

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