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Measuring Time 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 Soldier 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 Corrupt 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


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 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, NW14 The Anthology of New Writing, Volume 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.



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 thoughts, and turns back, and then they are separated, and then i could put this and


  2. says:

    Measuring Time by Helon Habila skillfully weaves the political and cultural environment of Nigeria from the 1960s to the 1990s with the lives of twin boys, Mamo and LaMamo, in the Nigerian village of Keti.Mamo, the older twin, suffers from sickle cell anemia, is physically weak, reserved, introspective, and intellectual LaMa


  3. says:

    Really a 4.5 For all of what seem on the surface like gimmicks, Nigerian twins, the structure of the bildungsroman, etc it adds up to a smart, elegant story Mamo and LaMamo grow up neglected by their father and raised by their aunt Mamo is physically weak from sickle cell anemia LaMamo is strong They run away and LaMamo becomes a s


  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 techniques and intertextual references from various authors It s stories within a story The twin fighter vs the academic twin, two sides of the same coin really, although the academic twin occupies much of th


  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 numerous ways His own narrative of people and events is interwoven with those of his protagonist Mamo, who in later years wr


  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 what it was about, that was two of my favorite topics History national identity A true history, the main character reflects, is one that looks at the lives of individuals, ordinary people who toil and dream and suffer, who bear the brunt of wha


  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 wars any war affect the life of people living in the conflict areas


  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


  10. says:

    If I were still teaching, I would teach this book, not only for the questions 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 twins who as children seek adventure and fame, and


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