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Book Title: Lemona's Tale|
The author of the book: Ken Saro-Wiwa
ISBN 13: 9780140260861
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.45 MB
Edition: Penguin UK
Date of issue: June 1st 1999
Read full description of the books Lemona's Tale:It feels a bit mean to say it but this wasn't up to much. The story of a woman telling the tale of her life in jail the day before her execution for three murders manages to be oddly flat as well as melodramatic. Of the two narrators of the book, one is a girl from a small village who never finished school, the other is a wealthy privately educated university postgraduate student. The two narrative voices are indistinguishable, which has to count as a bit of a problem to the credibility of the story. And the main character's constantly harped-on physical beauty and almost total passivity is more than a little irritating. The ending is also a let down - it just kind of fizzles out. I wouldn't recommend it.
Read information about the authorKenule "Ken" Beeson Saro Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize.
Saro-Wiwa was a member of the Ogoni people, an ethnic minority in Nigeria whose homeland, Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta has been targeted for crude oil extraction since the 1950s and which has suffered extreme environmental damage from decades of indiscriminate petroleum waste dumping. Initially as spokesperson, and then as President, of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Saro-Wiwa led a nonviolent campaign against environmental degradation of the land and waters of Ogoniland by the operations of the multinational petroleum industry, especially the Royal Dutch Shell company.
He was also an outspoken critic of the Nigerian government, which he viewed as reluctant to enforce environmental regulations on the foreign petroleum companies operating in the area.
At the peak of his non-violent campaign, Saro-Wiwa was arrested, hastily tried by a special military tribunal, and hanged in 1995 by the military government of General Sani Abacha, all on charges widely viewed as entirely politically motivated and completely unfounded. His execution provoked international outrage and resulted in Nigeria's suspension from the Commonwealth of Nations for over three years.
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