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By Toyin Omoyeni Falola

"Toyin Falola has given us what's actually infrequent in sleek African writing: a heavily humorous, racy, irreverent package deal of thoughts, and entire of the main terrific 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 among is Ake, by way of Wole Soyinka. what's it approximately those Yorubas?"

-Ama Ata Aidoo

"A most suitable coming-of-age tale so filled with bright colour and emotion, the phrases appear to dance off the web page. yet this isn't basically Falola's memoir; it really is an account of a brand new kingdom getting into being and the tensions and negotiations that normally ensue among urban and kingdom, 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 up to date Nigeria recorded in scrumptious aspect by means 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 remarkable Yoruba city-state in Nigeria.

Redefining the autobiographical style altogether, Falola miraculously weaves jointly own, ancient, and communal tales, in addition to political and cultural advancements within the interval instantly previous and following Nigeria's independence, to provide us a distinct and enduring photo of the Yoruba within the mid-twentieth century. this is often actually a literary memoir, advised in language wealthy with proverbs, poetry, music, and humor.

Falola's memoir is much greater than the tale of 1 man's early life studies; relatively, he offers us with the riches of a whole tradition and community-its historical past, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, family preparations, different types of strength, struggles, and transformations.

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