Oil on Water

Oil on Water

Large Print - 2011
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From the desks of Nigeria's newsrooms, two journalists are recruited to find the kidnapped wife of a British oil engineer. Zaq and Rufus journey to the oil-rich regions of the Nile Delta, where militants rule and the currency dealt is in the lives of hostages. In a cruel twist of fate, Rufus finds himself taking on Zaq's role much more literally than he ever anticipated, and as the body count rises and the environment burns, he learns that truth can often be a bitter pill to swallow.
Publisher: [Bath] : Windsor/Paragon, 2011, 2010.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781445854632
9781445854649
Characteristics: 253 p. (large print) ; 25 cm.

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uncommonreader
Aug 03, 2017

This novel tells the story of two journalists who set off in search of a kidnapped British woman, wife of an oil executive. The book shows the devastation of the oil industry on the environment and people of the Niger Delta. Why does no one care or is willing to make some lifestyle changes?

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burleighsmith
Oct 14, 2011

The telling of this tale evokes the greatness of THINGS FALL APART. Its directness. The way it bases its style of story telling not on television dramas, but on the cadences of story tellers of the past. Its achievement, though, is how successfully it presents the predicament of the African people when faced with the onset of global plunderers: the warring factions that only are clothed in their rationales for their misery making. I took its lesson (though it’s as far from pedantic as possible) to be that It’s not about good vs. bad, but about how to rescue the innocent victims and provide them some opportunity to live.

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