Oil on Water

Oil on Water

A Novel

Book - 2011 | 1st American ed
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Rufus, a young journalist, joins with his former hero, Zaq, whose journalistic heyday has passed, to find the kidnapped wife of a British oil executive and negotiate her release.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393339642
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 239 pages ; 21 cm


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Commonwealth Prize-winner Habila's cinematic, tense narrative follows two journalists on a dangerous journey of discovery. Oil, money, environment, power and politics in the Niger Delta.

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Aug 03, 2017

This novel tells the story of two journalists who set off in search of a kidnapped British woman, wife of an oil executive. The book shows the devastation of the oil industry on the environment and people of the Niger Delta. Why does no one care or is willing to make some lifestyle changes?

Oct 14, 2011

The telling of this tale evokes the greatness of THINGS FALL APART. Its directness. The way it bases its style of story telling not on television dramas, but on the cadences of story tellers of the past. Its achievement, though, is how successfully it presents the predicament of the African people when faced with the onset of global plunderers: the warring factions that only are clothed in their rationales for their misery making. I took its lesson (though it’s as far from pedantic as possible) to be that It’s not about good vs. bad, but about how to rescue the innocent victims and provide them some opportunity to live.


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