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Oil on Water

Oil on Water

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Oil on Water

Oil on Water

Audio Library Digital

05/16/2011

517 minutes

9781611201246

Audio Retail Digital

05/16/2011

517 minutes

9781611201239

Audio CD

05/16/2011

7 Audio CD

517 minutes

9781611201222

Playaway

05/16/2011

517 minutes

9781611201956

Description:

In the oil-rich and environmentally devastated Nigerian Delta, a British oil executive's wife has been kidnapped. Two journalists - a young upstart, Rufus, and a once-great, now disillusioned veteran, Zaq - 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 consequences. As they navigate polluted rivers flanked by exploded and dormant oil wells, they must contend with the brutality of both government soldiers and militants. Assailed by irresolvable versions of the 'truth' about the woman's disappearance, dependant on the kindness of strangers of unknowable loyalties, their journalistic objectivity will prove unsustainable, but other values might yet salvage their human dignity.

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[A] thrilling, fast paced read and also an elegiac meditation on the destructive force of greed and the fragility of hope...Habila is a skilful narrator and a master of structure., The Telegraph

Starred Review. Habila's stirring third novel...is a cinematic adventure and a remarkably tense race against the clock set in a haunting world...it is also a brooding political tragedy in the Graham Greene tradition...The delta and its people are rendered with insight and sensitivity, but also an unsparing sense of irony; indeed, it's a credit to Habila's storytelling that his mournful vision of the world never eclipses its fragile beauty, or its humanity., Publishers Weekly

The narration from multiple Audie Award-nominated Richard Allen has an almost lyrical quality, immersing readers in the tale., Library Journal

Starred Review. In a beautiful, almost cinematic style, Habila moves back and forth in time to tell a story swathed in the cynicism of modern global development and the mysteries of human longing., Booklist

Richard Allen's deep, rich voice makes the characters come to life...his pacing is perfect, and his diction always clear. This is a compelling story well read and worth hearing., AudioFile Magazine

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