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The Up-Country Man (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Kenneth C Ryeland

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Kurzbeschreibung

In April 1967, a young British engineer arrives in Nigeria to take up his new job. The country is seven years into a volatile independence and Ken Ryeland struggles to come to terms with the culture shock and the endemic tribalism that pervades every level of society. On being transferred to Enugu, capital of the troubled Eastern Region, he is further challenged when the Regional Military Government rebels against the Federal Military Government in Lagos. An act of secession quickly follows and the short-lived Republic of Biafra is born. Almost immediately the new republic is plunged into a bloody and bitter war of survival with the Lagos Government and Ryeland finds himself trapped in the rebel enclave as Federal troops close in for the kill.
The Up-Country Man is a personal account of the events leading to secession and conditions inside Biafra during the early days of the Nigerian civil war.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 813 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 480 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ogun's Fire; Auflage: 2 (16. September 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0043RSEHC
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert

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Mehr über den Autor

After 20 years living and working in Africa, the Far East and the Middle East, Ken Ryeland returned to the UK and occupied various senior engineering and research posts within the motor and insurance industries before retiring in 2004. He is a widower, has three grown children and likes gardening, writing, cross-country walking, classic British motorcycles and fine red wines.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Like being there... 23. November 2010
Von B. Armstrong - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to admit to a natural bias towards this book. I was a young man in Nigeria during the time the book is set and it brought back so many memories for me.

Ryeland captures the uncertainty of the build up to the Nigerian Civil War with mastery. His observations are incredibly detailed and perfectly illustrate the society to which I belonged as a child: the ex-patriot community. He truthfully depicts the lives of the Europeans resident in that young independent country and their attempts to try to help it get on its feet (while enjoying a life style we'd never have had "back home"). He observes how we remained outside of the mainstream African culture which fascinated, repelled and puzzled us in equal measure.

As another reviewer has mentioned, this is not a book for the PC brigade. Ryeland is no racist, but his portrayal of the sense of superiority that was instilled in the Europeans working and living out in the ex-colony is bound to offend some. I would advise people likely to be offended by that to simply appreciate those aspects for what they are, invaluable first-hand accounts of a particular moment in history, whose protagonists are now slowly disappearing off the world stage.

The book reads like a thriller. I found it difficult to stop myself starting another chapter as I finished each one... even when common sense said it was time for sleep. You really get drawn into this first person narrative and rapidly become keen to find out what happens to him, his friends and acquaintances as the political situation deteriorates.

As for his use of Pidgin English, I recognise that for some this might present a problem to the uninitiated, but if you persevere, it will become easier to understand and it is yet another element by which Ryeland allows you to put yourself into his predicament. As a fluent pidgin speaker myself, I found those dialogues really added to the atmosphere and to the authentic tone of the book.

If anyone is seeking to understand what it was like for a European to live in post-colonial Africa, under the threat of coup d'etats and civil wars, this book will offer you the chance to experience that life in great detail.

It has even given me a desire to finish my long abandoned novel about my own experiences in Nigeria as a child. I thoroughly recommend this book!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A review by Free Book Reviews 1. Juni 2011
Von Albert Robbins III - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Up-Country Man

A word of warning to those who may find interest in reading this book, if you are easily offended by non political correctness then you may want to think twice. However, if you are like me and prefer the truth told to you undiluted then this will be an interesting read. This book gives a better understanding of the trials and tribulations of Nigeria through the eyes of a white male (harsh I know but again the truth). Knowing this was written from a non-native's perspective, I knew to discount the details as being colored in that direction. I still feel that this book does a great job of giving everyone a better understanding and in the least see what forced government can/will do.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A nice unbiased account on the war 10. Dezember 2013
Von Jby02 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
A really nice book! I think this gives as unbiased as possible and account of a foreigner doing and everyday job in Nigeria during the war, not that account to those involved but a person just caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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