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Oil on Water Nigerian faux Hemingway Habila treats his mystery plot with seeming disinterest, preferring instead to spatter the novel in scenes of horrific violence children doused in gasoline meant to rouse our political sympathies Fine as a piece of activism, but why not writ The opening chapter describes a harrowing river journey that immediately brings to mind Heart of Darkness It is not the same story, but the physical surroundings, the fog, the fearful emotional atmosphereI m thinking, Mistah Kurtz, he dead It was a strong powerful chapter.The story is of an ambitious Nigerian reporter who is trying to find the kidnapped wife of an expatriate European oil executive Nothing is as it seems, and the plot moves slowly, somewhat weighed down by the earnestness The opening chapter describes a harrowing river journey that immediately brings to mind Heart of Darkness It is not the same story, but the physical surroundings, the fog, the fearful emotional atmosphereI m thinking, Mistah Kurtz, he dead It was a strong powerful chapter.The story is of an ambitious Nigerian reporter who is trying to find the kidnapped wife of an expatriate European oil executive Nothing is as it seems, and the plot moves slowly, somewhat weighed down by the earnestness of the narrator There are a number of potentially fascinating characters, but they lack definiti PDF Epub Oil On Water Helon Habila Federicoscridel.eu The New Generation Of Twenty First Century African Writers Have Now Come Of Age Without A Doubt Habila Is One Of The Best Emmanuel DongalaIn The Oil Rich And Environmentally Devastated Nigerian Delta, The Wife Of A British Oil Executive Has Been Kidnapped Two Journalists A Young Upstart, Rufus, And A Once Great, Now Disillusioned Veteran, Zaq Are Sent To Find Her In A Story Rich With Atmosphere And Taut With Suspense, Oil On Water Explores The Conflict Between Idealism And Cynical Disillusionment In A Journey Full Of Danger And Unintended Consequences.As Rufus And Zaq Navigate Polluted Rivers Flanked By Exploded And Dormant Oil Wells, In Search Of The White Woman, They Must Contend With The Brutality Of Both Government Soldiers And Militants Assailed By Irresolvable Versions Of The Truth About The Woman S Disappearance, Dependent On The Kindness Of Strangers Of Unknowable Loyalties, Their Journalistic Objectivity Will Prove Unsustainable, But Other Values Might Yet Salvage Their Human Dignity. Heading Disillusioned and DisheartenedOil on Water is the masterful third novel by Helon Habila, and once again the author tackles another timely topic, this time the deadly politics of oil in the Niger Delta The wife of a British oil executive has been kidnapped by a group of militants, and this in itself is not necessarily newsworthy as it is a common enough occurrence in the region with its own rules for the exchange of monies and the release of the kidnapped person As journalists are usua Heading Disillusioned and DisheartenedOil on Water is the masterful third novel by Helon Habila, and once again the author tackles another timely topic, this time the deadly politics of oil in the Niger Delta The wife of a British oil executive has been kidnapped by a group of militants, and this in itself is not necessarily newsworthy as it is a common enough occurrence in the region with its own rules for the exchange of monies and the release of the kidnapped person As journalists are usually involved to This book opened up my eyes to what is happening in the Niger Delta Two journalists head out to find an English woman, the wife of a prominent oil engineer, who had been kidnapped for ransom, expecting the oil company to give them millions The Delta Niger is all about peaceful islanders, whose lives have been turned upside down by the armies of the oil companies who are taking their land by force, their homes, polluting their waters and the environment Many of these peaceful island people hav This book opened up my eyes to what is happening in the Niger Delta Two journalists head out to find an English woman, the wife of a prominent oil engineer, who had been kidnapped for ransom, expecting the oil company to give them millions The Delta Niger is all about peaceful islanders, whose lives have been turned upside down by the armies of the oil companies who are taking their land by force, their homes, p This was a wonderful glimpse into the confusion, violence, desperation and hope of the Niger Delta region and its people It was up close and personal in the way I like when reading about conflicted parts of the world Too often, writers bring the camera too far back so that readers can see the big picture however, in the process they lose the humanity of what s going on and the humans involved becomelike tiny pawns being moved about I hate that This book did the opposite I love that.N This was a wonderful glimpse into the confusion, violence, desperation and hope of the Niger Delta region and its people It was up close and personal in the way I like when reading about conflicted parts of the world Too often, writers bring the camera too far back so that readers can see the big picture however, in the process they lose the humanity of what s going on and the humans involved becomelike tiny pawns being moved about I hate that This book did the opposite I love that.Nevertheless, this wasn t as tantalizing and engulfing as my favorite Habila book Waiting for an Angel I also listened to the audio version and the reader s poor accent drove me crazy I have had to read my own work and do accents that I m not all that good at So I understand it s now easy Clearly this reader was not Nigeria BUT there are basics that a professional reader should get when doing accents different from his or her own In this case, he misprono Oil On Water, by Helon Habila, is a novel that takes in Nigeria where oil has become the main concern The oil companies are buying up villages and destroying the environment That s when the militant group starts fighting back, and one of the ways they do so, is by kidnapping important people and family members of the oil company This is where Rufus and Zaq, two reporters, come in They are sent to determine a ransom for the white woman What appears to be a simple, but frightening task, tur Oil On Water, by Helon Habila, is a novel that takes in Nigeria where oil has become the main concern The oil companies are buying up villages and destroying the environment That s when the militant group starts fighting back, and one of the ways they do so, is by kidnapping important people and family members of the oil company This is where Rufus and Zaq, two reporters, come in They are sent to determine a ransom for t Meant to read this when it came out and finally caught up with it six years later It s a bit of a slow burn, as a young Nigerian journalist and a salty veteran journalist are asked to help find the kidnapped wife of a British oil industry worker in the contested delta area She s been missing for nine days and although there s been no ransom demands, it s assumed that rebel forces have her although no one seems to really have a good idea of how to contact the rebels The two journalists deci Meant to read this when it came out and finally caught up with it six years later It s a bit of a slow burn, as a young Nigerian journalist and a salty veteran journalist are asked to help find the kidnapped wife of a British o a stunning novel, one I highly recommend it to people who want to be enlightened about human and environmental conditions in other nations Maybe some people think it s not cool to be reading fiction about the damage caused by big, bad corporations but really, I don t care about opinions I want to know what s happening in the world Oil on Water highlights only a small portion of what s going on and what s been going on for some time, but what is happening now and what s been happening in t a stunning novel, one I highly recommend it to people who want to be enlightened about human and environmental conditions in other nations Maybe some people think it s not cool to be reading fiction about the damage caused by big, bad corporations but really, I don t care about opinions I want to know what s happening in the world Oil on Water highlights only a small portion of what s going on and what s been going on for some time, but what is happening now and what s been happening in the Delta area of Nigeria for nearly 50 years is just shameful You can click here for a full on discussion, or just continue reading for the abridged version.Set in Rufus, a young journalist on his first major assignment, travels into the troubled oil rich Nigerian Delta, hoping to land his breakthrough news story interviewing the kidnappers of a British oil engineer s wife and proving that the captive is alive The dangers lurking among the oilfields and the pipelines that meander snake like across the Delta s waters cannot deter him, especially as he is in the company of his much admired former mentor, the erstwhile prominent reporter, Zaq Helon Habila Rufus, a young journalist on his first major assignment, travels into the troubled oil rich Nigerian Delta, hoping to land his breakthrough news story interviewing the kidnappers of a British oil engineer s wife and proving that the captive is alive The dangers lurking among the oilfields and the pipelines that meander snake like across the Delta s waters cannot deter him,


About the Author: Helon Habila

Helon Habila was born in Nigeria in 1967 He studied literature at the University of Jos and taught at the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, before moving to Lagos to work as a journalist In Lagos he wrote his first novel, Waiting for an Angel, which won the Caine Prize in 2001 Waiting for an Angel has been translated into many languages including Dutch, Italian, Swedish, and French In 2002 he moved Helon Habila was born in Nigeria in 1967 He studied literature at the University of Jos and taught at the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, before moving to Lagos to work as a journalist In Lagos he wrote his first novel, Waiting for an Angel, which won the Caine Prize in 2001 Waiting for an Angel has been translated into many languages including Dutch, Italian, Swedish, and French In 2002 he moved to England to become the African Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia After his fellowship he enrolled for a PhD in Creative Writing His writing has won many prizes including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2003 In 2005 2006 he was the first Chinua Achebe Fellow at Bard College in New York He is a contributing editor to the Virginia Quarterly Review, and in 2006 he co edited the British Council s anthology, New Writing 14 His second novel, Measuring Time, was published in February, 2007 He currently teaches Creative Writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he lives with his wife and children


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