Looking for Transwonderland

Looking for Transwonderland

Travels in Nigeria

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Noo Saro-Wiwa was brought up in England, but every summer she was dragged back to Nigeria - a country she viewed as an annoying parallel universe where she had to relinquish all her creature comforts and sense of individuality. Then her father, activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, was murdered there, and she didn't return for 10 years. Recently, she decided to rediscover and come to terms with the country her father loved. She travelled from the exuberant chaos of Lagos to the calm beauty of the eastern mountains; from the eccentricity of a Nigerian dog show to the empty Transwonderland Amusement Park - Nigeria's decrepit and deserted answer to Disneyland. She explored Nigerian christianity, delved into its history of slavery, examined the corrupting effect of oil, investigated Nollywood. She found the country as exasperating as ever, and frequently despaired at the corruption and inefficiency she encountered. But she also discovered that it was far more beautiful and varied than she had ever imagined, and was seduced by its thick tropical rainforest and ancient palaces and monuments. Most engagingly of all she introduces us to the people she meets, and gives us hilarious insights into the Nigerian character, its passion, wit and ingenuity.-- Publisher's website.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press, [2012]
ISBN: 9781619020078
Branch Call Number: 916.69 SARO-WIWA
Characteristics: viii, 309 pages ; 23 cm


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Nate's Pick: "My Summer Reading June Staff Pick is Looking for Transwonderland, the first book by Noo Saro-Wiwa. Saro-Wiwa is an essayist and critic who has written for the Times Literary Supplement, the Financial Times, and The Guardian. She's also the daughter of noted Nigerian author and... Read More »

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ChristchurchLib Feb 09, 2014

"Though she was raised in England, Noo Saro-Wiwa was born in Nigeria and was dragged back there every summer break. But after the country's military regime executed her well-known environmental activist father, Ken Saro-Wiwa, in 1995, 19-year-old Noo stopped visiting. After travelling the globe as a travel writer, she finally returns to Nigeria for the first time since attending her father's burial and tries to get to know the real Nigeria. She visits disorganized Lagos, the largest city in the area, makes her way to mountains and the beach, as well as exploring dog shows, a desolate amusement park (the titular Transwonderland), and other places; all the while, she is struck by both the level of government corruption and the captivating people she meets in this "remarkable chronicle" (New York Times)." Armchair Travel February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/65a45623-29d8-4930-a050-7045f18b95cf?postId=fbfe1dbc-f888-4b7d-a453-8350c366f628


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