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Orrupt Unable to wield a weapon Mamo instead reaches for a pen and soon begins to write the true history of Keti and its people all the time awaiting the return of his beloved brother LaMamo. I waffled back and forth over if this book was a four star or a three starso it is getting a 3 from me I liked the book and found it very interesting But the reason for the three stars and not four is because the most interesting part for me was experiencing life in an African village and how civil warsany war affect the life of people living in the conflict areas The author does an excellent job of painting the picture of African village life and giving depth to Mamo the main character But the storyline didn t really capture my attention I enjoyed reading it but mainly because the background and setting kept me capturednot the story so muchOverall glad I read the book and it was better than I expected it to be but the journey I went on through the book was not via the storyline just the story setting and background

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Measuring Time

Er well versed in the ways of life and death Mamo too sickly to leave remains in Keti finding solace in the arms of Zara while watching impotently as his detested father grows powerful and c. Measuring Time is the story of twin brothers their family and the people that shaped them Living in rural Nigeria village life and the natural environment add atmosphere and context Habila s story telling talents are evident in numerous ways His own narrative of people and events is interwoven with those of his protagonist Mamo who in later years writes about the people around him and thereby becomes a recorder of the local history Giving Mamo the dual voice of the growing boyyoung adult of the story time line and the retrospective commentary of the future biographer the author creates an even richer portrayal of the main characters and the times they live inMamo the first born of the twins inherited sickle cell anemia from his mother who died in child birth From an early age Mamo fragile and prone to health crises does not expect to grow into adulthood This makes him reflective and withdrawn always waiting for something to happen first death later on fame fortune or something else Expectations and dreams change over time The younger twin LaMamo on the other hand is a rambunctious youth who acts before he thinks Together they make a complete person one balancing the other s characterAmong the many things uniting them hatred for their father stands above all else They are convinced that he made their mother s life so miserable that she died at a young age Fortunately they are taken to their uncle Ilya for the first few years of their lives Then auntie Marina their father s sister comes to live with them dedicating her life to the well being of the boys Eventually the young men plan their escape there are wars being fought in neighbouring countries and they believe that they can make their fortune Things don t work out as planned but Uncle Iliya takes Mamo under his intellectual and emotional wing eventually Mamo joins his uncle s community school as a history teacher There he crosses paths with his childhood friend Zara His life takes a new turn as a result in ways than one Meanwhile LaMamo s progress or lack thereof in fighting other people s wars is conveyed through long letters to his brother that arrive sporadically Will they ever meet againThis is not just the story of one family although the individuals stand in the centre of events Uncle Ilija who fought in several wars has turned all his energy into maintaining the village school and to bring understanding and wisdom to those around him The twin s father a wealthy businessman attempts a political career with mixed results allowing the author to expose the many problems of the political system in the recently turned independent state of Nigeria Habila has not only created vivid characters that stay in the reader s mind he has skilfully broadened and deepened the narrative to include a rich account of Nigerian tradition and customs as they have evolved in this part of the country Keeping his story personal and centred on a group of distinct characters he finds a sensitive balance between the intimate and the historical context His evocative power of description whether of landscapes or human beings is complemented by his skill as a story teller in the rich African tradition As a human interest story it reaches audiences beyond those interested in Africa

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In the small Nigerian village of Keti live Mamo and LaMamo twin sons of a domineering father When one day the boys try and escape the village only LaMamo succeeds and in time becomes a soldi. i wish i could have made a shelf called books in which two twins set off to become soldiers together only one has second thoughts and turns back and then they are separated and then i could put this and Gob s Grief on it however that is too long a shelf name to have APPARENTLYcome to my blog


10 thoughts on “Measuring Time

  1. says:

    i wish i could have made a shelf called books in which two twins set off to become soldiers together only one has second th

  2. says:

    Measuring Time by Helon Habila skillfully weaves the political and cultural environment of Nigeria from the 1960s

  3. says:

    Really a 45 For all of what seem on the surface like gimmicks Nigerian twins the structure of the bildungsroman etc it adds up to a smart eleg

  4. says:

    A remarkable piece of work by Habila His prose is lyrically attractive poetic a canvas of colours playing with some trompe l'oeil techniues and intertextual references from various authors It's stories within a story The twin fighter

  5. says:

    I could live in this book and survive on these wordsthis is what I call a literary memory

  6. says:

    Measuring Time is the story of twin brothers their family and the people that shaped them Living in rural Nigeria village life and the natural environment add atmosphere and context Habila's story telling talents are evident in num

  7. says:

    A long demanding novel it's also a slow starter I kept being tempted to bail out until at midpoint I figured out

  8. says:

    I waffled back and forth over if this book was a four star or a three starso it is getting a 3 from me I liked the book and found it very interesting But the reason for the three stars and not four is because the most interesting part for me was experiencing life in an African village and how civil warsany war affect the life of people living in the conflict areas The author does an excellent job of painting the picture of African village l

  9. says:

    reading this book was listening to my father talk about his life before immigration i could easily see him and his mates living out their lives in this novel it was realistic fiction becuase it bought the nigerian of my father's youth and the nigerian during the present elections to life in a very sublte way helon habila writes in a plain fashion he puts me in the mind of chinua achebe what you see is what the characters see what you expe

  10. says:

    If I were still teaching I would teach this book not only for the uestions it raises to which I do not know the answers Nigerian history primary among them but also because it is beautifully told deceptively simple and filled with love and wisdom anger and illness dishonesty and naive hopeful belief Mamo and LaMamo are twi

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