Death And The King's Horseman
  • Death And The King's Horseman
  • Death And The King's Horseman
ISBN: 0393977617
EAN13: 9780393977615
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 5, 2002
Pages: 228
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 8.3" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Based on events that took place in Oyo, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria, in 1946, Wole Soyinka's powerful play concerns the intertwined lives of Elesin Oba, the king's chief horseman; his son, Olunde, now studying medicine in England; and Simon Pilkings, the colonial district officer. The king has died and Elesin, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The stage is set for a dramatic climax when Pilkings learns of the ritual and decides to intervene and Elesin's son arrives home.

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   One Great Writer
Recently at a university seminar in the United States, Prof. Soyinka was asked to respond to charges by certain critics that his writing was not African '' enough. He replied by saying : The people who say these things I refer to as Neo-Tarzanists, people whose Africa is the Africa of Tarzan, swinging from tree to tree. That is not my Africa, he said to a standing, thunderous ovation. It is difficult to imagine a writer today in English with a wider grasp of language. Some of his work is supernatural - metaphor, irony, the unbelievable, interwoven with tragedy, lyricism and language. Top - Drawn
 
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   the ancestors, the living and the unborn
I read the other 6 reviews and am sorry that they got it so wrong. Even if what they say is very true, but not related to the subject that matters to us. Death and... is more related to the person who asked for help because shehe could not understand what was discussed. I would advise this person to read Shopenhauer's birth of Tragedy and the Antichrist attently and if he has some more time, Nietzsche as well. Soyika has seen the terrible problems of Africa and especially Nigeria. The theme of this play, however, is far more universal. is connected with the creation and recreation of art and the human being in a turbocapitalistic society. It is about crossing the abyss.
 
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   Very stirring
I read this book in 1996 and I remember almost every detail because it was so stirring, so moving. It made me re-evaluate my own definitions of these two things, my own life in different societies. I am delighted to have read this book and read it many times over.
 
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   My Horseman has a first name, J I L L.
This piece is in the way that it invites a reader to explore race relations in Africa between the Ugun-gun and the British. The irony also used is good.
 
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   need some help!
Wole Soyinka's work is such a great one that I am afraid that I won 't understand it all. I need someone who studies this author and who could give me some clues about death and the king's horseseman!
 
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