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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 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 proving that the captive is alive The dangers lurking among the oilfields and the pipelines that meander snake like across the Delta s waters cannot deter him especially as he is in the company of his much admired former mentor the erstwhile prominent reporter Za Helon Habila s new novel Oil on Water is a confidently crafted and absorbing in parts totally gripping chronicle of human ambitions tragedies and failures but also of love friendship and perseverance of the human spirit Evoking the rich and beautiful yet fragile environment of the Delta that is slowly being devastated by the greed for oil and money Habila perceptively guides his different narrative strands into a poignant story that is profoundly personal even where he raises broader political and societal concernsHabila weaves his story in a non chronological way it flows back and forth in time reflecting the reporters meandering voyage through the vast intricate river delta We first meet Rufus and Za on the ninth day of their uest In flashbacks we learn about their back stories and over time that of other memorable characters Past events are hinted at early on Now they are on their own traveling by slow canoe dependent for guidance and safety on a local fisherman and his young son to find a safe place to stay while charting their next steps However their time among the mangroves and later on a very special island of worshippers is suddenly interrupted and they have to leave their journalist role behind and use all their talents to stay aliveObserving events through Rufus s eyes and mind the author takes us behind the news headlines and deep into the complicated uagmire of the violent conflict between the opposing sides and their claims for oil land and control Emotions run high suspicions and fear are constant companions Not only are deadly accidents common from fires and illegally tapped oil pipes the local military units tasked with protecting the oil business s interests are known for excessive vicious force when confronted by any type of resistance passive or not The militant rebels also have a reputation of violence and kidnapping as a means to raise the money for their ongoing struggle against the government authorities and the oil companies The local population of fishermen and farmers with memories of a simpler and healthier life and happier times are caught in the middle but also tempted by promised riches from the oil wells on their shoresHabila is an accomplished storyteller as well as a poet having won numerous awards in both fields His imagery is vivid at times cinematographic and his lyrical language comes to the fore in particular when he connects the reader with the atmospheric seascapes of the Delta Midriver the water was clear and mobile but toward the banks it turned brackish and still trapped by mangroves in whose branches the mist hung in clumps like cotton balls Ahead of us the mist arched clear over the water like a bridge our light wooden canoe would be so enveloped in the dense gray stuff that we couldn t see each other as we glided silently over the waterDespite the oftentimes violent events that Habila describes he softens their impact with his sensitive characterization of people who rarely are totally evil or totally good they are human beings A less rounded and skilled storyteller could have succumbed to the dangers of taking on a didactic preaching tone Not so While Habila has definite deep 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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 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 author s style of writing The main character Rufus did not seem compelling to me and his inner monologs got tedious As for the mystery of the kidnaped woman I d forget about it every so often if it weren t because it got mentioned every couple of chapters On top of that the timeline is all over the place the constant flashbacks got confusing in a lot of instances and rarely helped advance the plot in any wayAgain I respect the topics and the representation of the people affected by the situation but I m not a fan of this particular story

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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 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 the plot moves slowly somewhat weighed down by the earnestness of the narrator There are a number of potentially fascinating characters but they lack definition they all tend to sound the same Much of the prose is irrelevant and plodding She was pretty and clever and the sex was good but I didn t see myself spending the rest of my life with herGreed is destroying the society and environment of Nigeria the greed of the oil industry the greed of the world that demands the oil and the greed of the Nigerians But the ones with the most money wield the power so the Nigerians are suffering for that The story was a way to highlight the ineuities and cruelties I liked that this is a book written by a Nigerian with Nigerian protagonists

  • Paperback
  • 239
  • Oil on Water
  • Helon Habila
  • English
  • 04 November 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 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

  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 corporati

  3. says:

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

  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 humanity of what's going on and the humans involved become like tiny pawns being moved abou

  5. says:

    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

  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

  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 mu

  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 th

  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 their waters an

  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 of the ways they do so is by kidnapping important people and family members of the oil company This is where Rufus and Za two reporters come in They are sent to determine a ransom for “t

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