This novel tells the story of two journalists who set off in search of a kidnapped British woman, wife of an oil executive. The book shows the devastation of the oil industry on the environment and people of the Niger Delta. Why does no one care or is willing to make some lifestyle changes?
The telling of this tale evokes the greatness of THINGS FALL APART. Its directness. The way it bases its style of story telling not on television dramas, but on the cadences of story tellers of the past. Its achievement, though, is how successfully it presents the predicament of the African people when faced with the onset of global plunderers: the warring factions that only are clothed in their rationales for their misery making. I took its lesson (though it’s as far from pedantic as possible) to be that It’s not about good vs. bad, but about how to rescue the innocent victims and provide them some opportunity to live.
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