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You Must Set Forth at Dawn: A Memoir by Wole Soyinka

By Wole Soyinka

The 1st African to obtain the Nobel Prize in Literature, in addition to a political activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka now follows his smooth vintage Ake: The Years of early life with an both vital chronicle of his turbulent existence as an grownup in (and in exile from) his cherished, beleaguered homeland.

In the cruel, humane, and lyrical language that has typified his performs and novels, Soyinka captures the indomitable spirit of Nigeria itself through bringing to existence the chums and relations who reinforced and encouraged him, and by means of describing the pioneering theater works that confounded censure and culture. Soyinka not just recounts his exile and the negative reign of normal Sani Abacha, yet stocks shiny stories and playful anecdotes--including his inconceivable friendship with a popular Nigerian businessman and the time he smuggled a frozen wildcat into the USA in order that his scholars might event a formal Nigerian barbecue.

More than a massive determine on the earth of literature, Wole Soyinka is a brave voice for human rights, democracy, and freedom. you want to Set Forth at sunrise is an intimate chronicle of his exciting public existence, a meditation on justice and tyranny, and a captivating testomony to a ravaged but hopeful land.

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I have always found this amusing where historians are concerned, and JMK was my first encounter with the phenomenon. In the very early days of the AOL Grandstand forum, Lou was asked a question and he answered. In a few days, we received a rebuttal from JMK, who offered a different story told by a deceased wrestler’s wife and corroborated by the newspaper. The correspondence became contentious ... and nothing was really resolved. Lou had his story and he was sticking to it, and JMK had his story and stood his ground.

We lost touch with most of the guys from the Nashville days, but were continually blessed with Scott’s friendship and support. It seems fitting he is part of Hooker’s development. Kit has taken Hooker a step further and involved one of professional wrestling’s most knowledgeable historians, J Michael Kenyon. J Michael [JMK] has edited and, no doubt, "corrected" a few "errors" Lou made in the recounting of his life. I have always found this amusing where historians are concerned, and JMK was my first encounter with the phenomenon.

I remember personally telling JMK how much I admired him for his search for the "truth," considering the fact that he had to depend on the stories told by men (and women) who had been dropped on their heads for a living, and which were backed up by the newspaper accounting of the matches in newspaper which were "put to bed" before the matches ever began. As you can imagine, when I met JMK, I was cautious, but not Lou. He enjoyed and respected him from day one. Lou had an easy and rich laugh, and no one could evoke it quicker than JMK.

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