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  • Oil on Water
  • Helon Habila
  • English
  • 10 August 2019
  • 9780393339642

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Free read Oil on Water ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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. Heading Disillusioned and DisheartenedOil on Water is the masterful third novel by Helon Habila and once again the author tackles another timely topic this time the deadly politics of oil in the Niger Delta The wife of a British oil executive has been kidnapped by a group of militants and this in itself is not necessarily newsworthy as it is a common enough occurrence in the region with its own rules for the exchange of monies and the release of the kidnapped person As journalists are usually involved to help facilitate the process Rufus a young journalist takes the assignment to find the white woman as he senses this could be his big break He is excited to work with his mentor Za a once renowned journalist who has fallen from grace and now lives in an alcoholic haze But a seemingly routine event takes an unexpected turn which leads Rufus and Za on a life threatening and introspective journey Through this adventure both Rufus and the reader will be often reminded of Za s sage advice Remember the story is not always the final goal One of the strengths of this enthralling story is the unfolding of the tale through Rufus memory that is often patchy and hallucinatory matching it to the environment with its twists and turns in the river and the hidden islands appearing and disappearing before your eyes This provides a cinematic uality as the scenes are vividly painted for the reader making the Niger Delta as much a character as Rufus and Za The expert storytelling allows the reader to feel empathy for the characters that live in an environment where often who is the good guy and who is the bad guy is dependent on the breathtaking tricks of chance that can result in life or death in a secondUsing Rufus as the detective in this mystery allows for the exploration of journalism as a vehicle for being the voice of the people and showing the frustration of reining in the truth when political and money forces are spinning the tale to their own making Through Rufus starts out searching for the white woman he ends up finding something transformative and profound and the reader is right there with him feeling the potent mix of humanity with the sharp edge of nervous anticipation of the truthI thoroughly enjoyed this book as it was part armchair adventure part cautionary tale and part social documentary Oil on Water provides a portrait of the Niger Delta and the people who live there The author deserves the accolades as he took an unsettling subject and captured it in a calming and haunting way that stays with me long after I have read the last pageI recommend this book to readers of literary fiction and those who are interested in environmental and energy issuesReviewed by BeverlyAPOOO Literary Book Review Sunjata Penguin Classics young journalist takes the assignment to find the white woman as he senses this could be his big break He is excited to work with his mentor Za a once renowned journalist who has fallen from grace and now lives in an alcoholic haze But a seemingly routine event takes an unexpected turn which leads Rufus and Za on a life threatening and introspective journey Through this adventure both Rufus and the reader will be often reminded of Za s sage advice Remember the story is not always the final goal One of the strengths of this enthralling story is the unfolding of the tale through Rufus memory that is often patchy and hallucinatory matching it to the environment with its twists and turns in the river and the hidden islands appearing and disappearing before geoff buda ve ben your eyes This provides a cinematic uality as the scenes are vividly painted for the reader making the Niger Delta as much a character as Rufus and Za The expert storytelling allows the reader to feel empathy for the characters that live in an environment where often who is the good guy and who is the bad guy is dependent on the breathtaking tricks of chance that can result in life or death in a secondUsing Rufus as the detective in this mystery allows for the exploration of journalism as a vehicle for being the voice of the people and showing the frustration of reining in the truth when political and money forces are spinning the tale to their own making Through Rufus starts out searching for the white woman he ends up finding something transformative and profound and the reader is right there with him feeling the potent mix of humanity with the sharp edge of nervous anticipation of the truthI thoroughly enjoyed this book as it was part armchair adventure part cautionary tale and part social documentary Oil on Water provides a portrait of the Niger Delta and the people who live there The author deserves the accolades as he took an unsettling subject and captured it in a calming and haunting way that stays with me long after I have read the last pageI recommend this book to readers of literary fiction and those who are interested in environmental and energy issuesReviewed by BeverlyAPOOO Literary Book Review

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Free read Oil on Water ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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 Očevi i oci 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 False Pretences 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

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Free read Oil on Water ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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 opened up my eyes to what is happening in the Niger Delta Two journalists head out to find an English woman the wife of a prominent oil engineer who had been kidnapped for ransom expecting the oil company to give them millions The Delta Niger is all about peaceful islanders whose lives have been turned upside down by the armies of the oil companies who are taking their land by force their homes polluting their waters and the environment Many of these peaceful island people have turned militant trying to get back their lives and their livelihoods with guns and violence on both sides It is up to the two reporters to discover the truth behind the kidnapping of the English womanIn essence they discover the larger picture the truth about this region that describes Haboila s title Oil on Water As the reader becomes totally engrossed in this story the reader also discovers to what ends journalists will go to find the perfect story only to find the real story Helon Habila continuously describes the murky waters the humid air and the barren landscape of the Niger Delta He makes many interesting symbolic references to the flares of the oil company s fires Definitely worth the read