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Teran Za are sent to find her In a story rich with atmosphere and taut with suspense Oil on Water explores the conflict between idealism and cynical disillusionment in a journey full of danger and unintended conseuencesAs Rufus and Za navigate polluted rivers flanked by exploded and dormant oil wells in search of the white woman This was a wonderful glimpse into the confusion violence desperation and hope of the Niger Delta region and its people It was up close and personal in the way I like when reading about conflicted parts of the world Too often writers bring the camera too far back so that readers can see the big picture however in the process they lose the humanity of what s going on and the humans involved become like tiny pawns being moved about I hate that This book did the opposite I love thatNevertheless this wasn t as tantalizing and engulfing as my favorite Habila book Waiting for an Angel I also listened to the audio version and the reader s poor accent drove me crazy I have had to read my own work and do accents that I m not all that good at So I understand it s now easy Clearly this reader was not Nigeria BUT there are basics that a professional reader should get when doing accents different from his or her own In this case he mispronounced Igbo and pronounced Lagos like a non Nigerian No no no I had to stop listening a few times because his accent was so annoying and off I listened to the audio book because of time constraints the only time I have to read are when I am cooking or working out If you have the the time do not get the audio bookAnyway a good Habila book but not my personal favorite I will read of his work certainly He s great On Tidy Endings glimpse into the confusion violence desperation and hope of the Niger Delta region and its people It was up close and personal in the way I like when reading about conflicted parts of the world Too often writers bring the camera too far back so that readers can see the big picture however in the process they lose the humanity of what s Flat World Navigation going on and the humans involved become like tiny pawns being moved about I hate that This book did the opposite I love thatNevertheless this wasn t as tantalizing and engulfing as my favorite Habila book Waiting for an Angel I also listened to the audio version and the reader s poor accent drove me crazy I have had to read my own work and do accents that I m not all that A House of My Own Stories from My Life good at So I understand it s now easy Clearly this reader was not Nigeria BUT there are basics that a professional reader should Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, get when doing accents different from his or her own In this case he mispronounced Igbo and pronounced Lagos like a non Nigerian No no no I had to stop listening a few times because his accent was so annoying and off I listened to the audio book because of time constraints the only time I have to read are when I am cooking or working out If you have the the time do not El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro get the audio bookAnyway a Fragonard Art and Eroticism good Habila book but not my personal favorite I will read of his work certainly He s Mao Zedong great

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The new generation of twenty first century African writers have now come of age Without a doubt Habila is one of the best Emmanuel DongalaIn the oil rich and environmentally devastated Nigerian Delta the wife of a British oil executive has been kidnapped Two journalists a young upstart Rufus and a once great now disillusioned ve This novel deserves all the kudos heaped upon it The clarity of the writing the construction of the central mystery the steady buildup of tension the detailed character development all are remarkable and accomplished The story is simple and straightforward but becomes nail bitingly tense as the cub reporter Rufus pursues the kidnappers of a woman on the Nigerian delta Rufus wouldn t have volunteered for the dangerous mission but for wishing to accompany a veteran reporter he admires Zak Things go wrong One senses the dark nights hot greasy air creased with yellow torches flaming high from the oil rigs and a maelstrom of humanity wielding guns Oil permeates everything the air the water the soil and oil brings wealth to some and homelessness to many in Nigeria Rufus is both the first and last name of our narrator a single name he adopts just like Zak the reporter he most admired Zak is alcoholic broken in body and disillusioned but he is still a raging intellect with the heart of a lion These two men on their journey to find the kidnapped wife of a British oil engineer run into militants seeking adeuate reimbursement for oil revenues passing them by Soldiers seek to stymie the kidnapping plot Rufus and Zak witness the aftermath of their battle Rufus is a photographer first and his experience allows him to know how to take pictures that grip the eyeHabila was a journalist first He knows how to write a sentence that makes a picture The simplicity of the writing gives us immediate access to his story a few words show us the timbre of a voice the stiffness of a back the roll and gloss of an eye On Habila s website we are treated to a blurb from celebrated British author Jim Crace who says Helon Habila writes with intelligence and admirable narrative economy That s it of course There is no waste In addition Habila makes all his characters vulnerable even the oilmen the kidnappers and their henchmen He takes seemingly incomprehensible events and shows them from every angle surprising us with their simplicity and their pathos He reveals terrifying truths and exhibits the almost endless resilience of people under unbearable pressures He shows us humanity as depraved and as generous as we know ourselves to beExuisite Unforgettable Praiseworthy El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro generation of twenty first century African writers have now come of age Without a doubt Habila is one of the best Emmanuel DongalaIn the oil rich and environmentally devastated Nigerian Delta the wife of a British oil executive has been kidnapped Two journalists a young upstart Rufus and a once Fragonard Art and Eroticism great now disillusioned ve This novel deserves all the kudos heaped upon it The clarity of the writing the construction of the central mystery the steady buildup of tension the detailed character development all are remarkable and accomplished The story is simple and straightforward but becomes nail bitingly tense as the cub reporter Rufus pursues the kidnappers of a woman on the Nigerian delta Rufus wouldn t have volunteered for the dangerous mission but for wishing to accompany a veteran reporter he admires Zak Things Mao Zedong go wrong One senses the dark nights hot The Monarchs Are Missing greasy air creased with yellow torches flaming high from the oil rigs and a maelstrom of humanity wielding Touchstone guns Oil permeates everything the air the water the soil and oil brings wealth to some and homelessness to many in Nigeria Rufus is both the first and last name of our narrator a single name he adopts just like Zak the reporter he most admired Zak is alcoholic broken in body and disillusioned but he is still a raging intellect with the heart of a lion These two men on their journey to find the kidnapped wife of a British oil engineer run into militants seeking adeuate reimbursement for oil revenues passing them by Soldiers seek to stymie the kidnapping plot Rufus and Zak witness the aftermath of their battle Rufus is a photographer first and his experience allows him to know how to take pictures that Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding grip the eyeHabila was a journalist first He knows how to write a sentence that makes a picture The simplicity of the writing Love is Blind gives us immediate access to his story a few words show us the timbre of a voice the stiffness of a back the roll and Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia gloss of an eye On Habila s website we are treated to a blurb from celebrated British author Jim Crace who says Helon Habila writes with intelligence and admirable narrative 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They must contend with the brutality of both government soldiers and militants Assailed by irresolvable versions of the truth about the woman's disappearance dependent on the kindness of strangers of unknowable loyalties their journalistic objectivity will prove unsustainable but other values might yet salvage their human dignity This book revolves around the Niger Delta area the struggle for oil and power the contaminated water the fleeing Niger Deltan residents and the conseuences of greed Helon Habila takes the reader on a ride exposing the environmental conditions poor health insecurities and the harsh realities that people in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria are experiencing through the eyes of two journalists Za and Rufus Za who was nibbling on his past glory as an accomplished journalist was on a mission to reclaim his fame and his reputation after a lost love affair a fall out with his past employer and a past criminal record smeared his name He decided to go on a dangerous but newsworthy trip to rescue a British woman who was kidnapped by the militants for a ransom which he believed would resuscitate his glory Tagging along with him is Rufus a photo journalist whose goal was to gain some recognition while pursing this story and to be accorded some respect among his journalist peers As these two men began their journey Helon visually captured the effect of oil spill in the area There are ferocious fires bulldozing villages daily which can be seen through the orange glows There is also a lack of security in this area Homegrown militants who are residents of the area but are against the oil companies who have exploited the lands are terrorizing people stealing and threatening anyone who is not in support of their mission Their goal is to secure their lands and partake in its glorious financial output The environmental degradation of the area is captured by Helon s words which informed the readers about the negative economic impact of oil spill Rivers that habited big fishes and crabs and was a source of their livelihood have degraded because of the pollution Dead fishes and dead bodies often washed off the shores and many residents in the area travel far in other to get uality fishes and crabs to sell I did not know much about the Niger Delta area and their struggles but this book opened my eyes to what is currently happening there I often read about the militants as thugs and jobless young people from a negative perspective but this book humanized and shed a positive light on them I cannot imagine being a resident of this area and not feeling a pang of pain over what the oil companies are doing to my people and to my land After reading this book I developed a new perspective about the Niger Delta militants and actually applaud them for fighting to keep these greedy politicians and expatriates at bayI hope someone from the government reads this book and begins a reconciliatory process about this issue which is damaging lives and have rendered thousands homeless How can a whole village move from their ancestral home because they feel unsafe in their land How dare the Nigerian government kidnap a chief who is the most respectable person in a community from his home and return his dead body to his community because he refused to sign off his lands to hungry and selfish oil company CEO s I recommend a sincere apology to be tendered to the Niger Deltans and for these residents to get a fair percentage from any profit made from oil sales They should be compensated by awarding everyone a monthly stipend security free healthcare and uality education at no cost to them In addition I would suggest that a member from each community elected by the people should be a member of the Executive board in every oil company in the area This would help prioritize and consider the needs of the Niger Deltans before any decision is made by the boardI rate this book 9510 and highly recommend it to every young Nigerian especially those who desire to take up leadership roles in the country Our decisions matter and have ripple effects So when we seat at the table lets be on the right side of history for posterity The Sharpe Companion The Early Years government soldiers and militants Assailed by irresolvable versions of the truth about the woman's disappearance dependent on the kindness of strangers of unknowable loyalties their journalistic objectivity will prove unsustainable but other values might yet salvage their human dignity This book revolves around the Niger Delta area the struggle for oil and power the contaminated water the fleeing Niger Deltan residents and the conseuences of Tantra y salchicha. 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  • Paperback
  • 239
  • Oil on Water
  • Helon Habila
  • English
  • 04 July 2019
  • 9780393339642

About the Author: Helon Habila

Helon Habila was born in Nigeria in 1967 He studied literature at the University of Jos and taught at the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi before moving to Lagos to work as a journalist In Lagos he wrote his first novel Waiting for an Angel which won the Caine Prize in 2001 Waiting for an Angel has been translated into many languages including Dutch Italian Swedish and FrenchIn 2002 he moved



10 thoughts on “Oil on Water

  1. says:

    This novel deserves all the kudos heaped upon it The clarity of the writing the construction of the central mystery the steady buildup of tension the detailed character development—all are remarkable and accomplished The story is simple and s

  2. says:

    a stunning novel one I highly recommend it to people who want to be enlightened about human and environmental conditions in other nations Maybe some people think it's not cool to be reading fiction about the damage caused by big bad corporations but really I don't care about opinions I want to know what's happening in the world Oil on Water highlights only a small portion of what's going on and what's been going on for

  3. says:

    Rufus a young journalist on his first major assignment travels into the troubled oil rich Nigerian Delta hoping to land hi

  4. says:

    This was a wonderful glimpse into the confusion violence desperation and hope of the Niger Delta region and its people It was up close and personal in the way I like when reading about conflicted parts of the world Too often

  5. says:

    Heading Disil

  6. says:

    The opening chapter describes a harrowing river journey that immediately brings to mind Heart of Darkness It is not the same story but the physical surroundings the fog the fearful emotional atmosphereI'm thinki

  7. says:

    The most interesting thing about this book is the subject matter of the political and environmental disaster caused by oil companies in Nigeria Eventhought this is an extremely important and interesting topic I must say that I don’t think I would have finished this novel if I didn’t have to read it for university Regarding this book as a novel rather than an important piece of Nigerian literature I couldn’t get behind the

  8. says:

    This book revolves around the Niger Delta area the struggle for oil and power the contaminated water the fleeing Niger Deltan residents and the conseuences of greed Helon Habila takes the reader on a ride exposing the environmental conditions poor health insecurities and the harsh realities that people in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria are experiencing through the eyes of two journalists Za and Rufus Za who was nibblin

  9. says:

    This book opened up my eyes to what is happening in the Niger Delta Two journalists head out to find an English woman the w

  10. says:

    Oil On Water by Helon Habila is a novel that takes in Nigeria where oil has become the main concern The oil companies are

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