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Waiting for an Angel Read ¹ 104 Helon Habila Æ 4 Read Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Helon Habila T when his room mate goes mad and is beaten up by soldiers his first love is forced to marry a man she doesn't want and his neighbours decide to hold a d. Waiting for An Angel is about Lomba a journalist in Nigeria It shows the disruption caused by the military rule of Nigeria It is very informative especially since I did not know much before about the situation in Nigeria It gives a personal perspective of the effects of military rule on individuals students teachers restaurant owners etc It is written very beautifully almost poetically but I did not like this book for the writing style but for the information it provided about life in NigeriaAt times this book was very confusing It has different sections which are about different times in Lomba s life but there aren t really transitions between the sections Also the book is so full of poetic and figurative language that it sometimes seems that Helon Habila was trying to use as many similes and metaphors as he could like a high schooler writing a poem for class At times the writing was beautiful but sometimes it just seemed like too much to me My favorite thing about this book was that it highlighted the significance of the media Habila emphasized that the media s job was to make the public aware of what was going on in the country I think this is very important especially for Americans to recognize right now with the new president The message was very powerful and this book made me rethink the role of the press as I recognized the differences between Nigerian and American mediaThis novel has many mature themes but it is very informative so I recommend it for adults who want to learn about living in Nigeria or living under military rule It is not one of my favorite books I ve read nor would it be at the top of my recommendations list but it does include some very important themes and it is a reminder of the current political struggles in the world

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Waiting for an Angel Read ¹ 104 Helon Habila Æ 4 Read Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Helon Habila Emo that is bound to lead to a riot Lomba realizes that he can no longer bury his head in the sand It's time to write the truth about this reign of terro. awesome Helon writes with so much passion about that dark time in Nigeriathe millitary era i m proud to be a countrywoman of such talent

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Waiting for an Angel Read ¹ 104 Helon Habila Æ 4 Read Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Helon Habila Lomba is a young journalist living in Lagos under Nigeria's brutal military regime His mind is full of soul music and girls and the novel he's writing Ye. With the wordseverything is politics in this country Lomba a young aspiring novelist and poet is hired for a local newspaper s arts page Set in Lagos the time the latter part of the nineteen nineties when Nigeria is controlled yet again by a brutal military regime Helon Habila has created a powerful moving portrait of life at the time It was a terrible time to be alive explains Habila in his book s Afterword especially when you were young talented and ambitious and patriotic The author describes his work as a kind of historical novel intended to capture the mood of those years the despair the frenzy the stubborn hope but above all the airless prison like atmosphere that characterized them Habila tells his story episodically in a series of linked stories focusing on well drawn and believable characters and their daily lives He writes with great compassion and empathy bringing to the fore not only the place and its atmopshere but also emphasizing the individuals capacity for hope and courage friendship and love beauty and poetry despite the disturbing circumstances they have to cope with First published in 2000 in Nigeria as a story collection one of the stories Love Poems won Habila the 2001 Caine Prize for African Writing The collection was published in its revised format as Waiting for an Angel in 2002 Without doubt did the Caine Prize and this debut novel launch Habila s international writing career In his two recent novels Measuring Time and Oil on Water he has built on his strengths both as an exuisite story teller with great poetic expressiveness and astute observer of people and events in his home country Not surprisingly ten years after publication this novel has lost nothing of its literary power emotional strength and thematic relevanceIn Lomba the opening story based on the earlier Love Poems we meet the young writer and journalist while he suffers in appalling conditions through his second year in prison It is a despicable and hopeless place where mistreatment and torture are the rule where release if at all is arbitrary and often not than a distant hope With daydreaming and writing a diary on any scrap of paper and pencil he can find Lomba struggles to keep sane Then one day one of his poems falls into the hands of the Superintendent From then on time moves backwards or less and while Lomba s story weaves through the whole novel we meet various individuals friends lovers neighbours and others that cross Lonba s path during the preceding years The events that landed Lomba in prison will come into view as the stories unfoldBringing different perspectives and authentic voices to the fore Habila in fact creates a colourful collage of persuasive human interest stories that take us close up and personal into the grim realities in Nigeria under military rule extreme poverty of is pervasive among the civil population censorship an every day and arbitrary arrests a common occurrence for educated people Rather than addressing these issues with broad strokes the author focuses his attention on one neighbourhood in Lagos Morgan Street and its surroundings It is a poor area with tenement buildings without any of the basic amenities Madame Godwill s restaurant a sort of greasy spoon attracts and feeds the locals students ex veterans abandoned women and other marginalized people They share their stories they cry together laugh together and are alive as a community Eventually they will rename the street into Poverty Street Apart from Lomba himself several characters stand out for me Kela the observant fifteen year old nephew of Madame Godwill sent to Lagos to get his life back on track and his teacher Joshua who despite his young age speaks with great wisdom They both may well reflect some of the character traits and experiences of a young Helon Habila


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    [Helon Habila] Waiting for an Angel [young adult Book] Ebook – DOC, Kindle eBook or Book Read With the wordseverything is politics in this country Lomba a young aspiring novelist and poet is hired for a local newspaper's arts page Set in Lagos the time the latter part of the nineteen nineties when Nigeria is controlled yet again by a brutal military regime Helon Habila has created a powerful moving portrait of life at the time It was a terrible time to be alive explains Habila in his book's Afterword especially when you were young t

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    [Helon Habila] Waiting for an Angel [young adult Book] Ebook – DOC, Kindle eBook or Book Read “It was a terrible time to be alive” writes Helon Habila in his aftermathAnd indeed the first story in this book of seven interconnected sto

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    [Helon Habila] Waiting for an Angel [young adult Book] Ebook – DOC, Kindle eBook or Book Read Set in Nigeria during the brutal military regime of Sani Abacha this novel switches back and forth in time and is made up of interconnected stories revolving around the main character of Lomba an aspiring author and active journalistThe book overall was very informative about the time it is set however it lacked real punch for it to effectively portray the brutality of this period

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    [Helon Habila] Waiting for an Angel [young adult Book] Ebook – DOC, Kindle eBook or Book Read Helon Habila Æ 4 Read characters Waiting for an Angel Waiting for An Angel is about Lomba a journalist in Nigeria It shows the disruption caused by the military rule

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    Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Helon Habila Helon Habila Æ 4 Read [Helon Habila] Waiting for an Angel [young adult Book] Ebook – DOC, Kindle eBook or Book Read This is a novel of interconnected stories set in Nigeria during the brutal military regime of Sani Abacha The main character Lomba is a would be novelist and journalist who runs afoul of Abacha's thugs and he appears in most of the stories loosely based on Habila himself The book proceeds almost in a circular fashion starting with Lomba when he is in jail and is asked to write love letters for the warden to the woman he hopes to w

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    characters Waiting for an Angel [Helon Habila] Waiting for an Angel [young adult Book] Ebook – DOC, Kindle eBook or Book Read Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Æ Helon Habila In my humble opinion Waiting For An Angel is as close to genius as a writer can get; at least that's the way I view any novel which can hold me spellbound for twenty four hours without a single thought about life sustaining necessities As one who lived in Nigeria at the time the novel was set it stirred bittersweet memories of the life under military dictatorships The simple writing belies the sophisticated well observed presenta

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    characters Waiting for an Angel [Helon Habila] Waiting for an Angel [young adult Book] Ebook – DOC, Kindle eBook or Book Read awesome Helon writes with so much passion about that dark time in Nigeriathe millitary era i'm proud to be a countrywoman of such talent

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    [Helon Habila] Waiting for an Angel [young adult Book] Ebook – DOC, Kindle eBook or Book Read A very disappointing read The book fails to capture the brutality of Sani Abacha's dictatorship as promised What it does is capture the everyday insanity and contradictions of life in Nigeria whole families dying on the inter city highways; young people going insane; universities closing down due to student protests or lecturers

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    characters Waiting for an Angel Helon Habila Æ 4 Read [Helon Habila] Waiting for an Angel [young adult Book] Ebook – DOC, Kindle eBook or Book Read Ì generally don`t enjoy linked short stories but this actually turned out to be than that the stories combined to create a

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    [Helon Habila] Waiting for an Angel [young adult Book] Ebook – DOC, Kindle eBook or Book Read This got off to a tricky start maybe that was me expecting a novel when it’s a linked collection of short stories By the end I liked it it all comes together in the end it is a clever read about Nigeria and it’s political unrest

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  • Paperback
  • 227
  • Waiting for an Angel
  • Helon Habila
  • English
  • 02 October 2020
  • 9780141010069