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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 an

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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. 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 a

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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 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


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 straightforward but becomes nail bitingly tense as the cub reporter Rufus pursues

  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 damag

  3. says:

    Rufus a young journalist on his first major assignment travels into the troubled oil rich Nigerian Delta hoping to land his breakthrough news story interviewing the kidnappers of a British oil engineer's wife and

  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 writers bring the camera too far back so that readers can see the big picture; however in the process they lose the hum

  5. says:

    Heading Disillusioned and DisheartenedOil on Water is the masterful third novel by Helon Habila and once again the author tackles another timel

  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 thinking Mistah Kurtz he dead It was a strong powerful chapterThe story is of an ambitious Nigerian reporter who is trying to find the kidnapped wife of an expatriate European oil executive Nothing is as it seems and th

  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 b

  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 e

  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 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 thei

  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 buying up villages and destroying the environment That’s when the militant group starts fighting back and one

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