Review: Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman

Death and the Kings Horseman
Wole Soyinka

I’m a bit embarrassed I never read this classic before, but glad I rectified that this month. This short play is a story of colonialism, western chauvinism and profound cultural divides. It’s about what happens when ancient cultural traditions get disrespected by a new, allegedly more progressive force, and what happens to those caught between the world’s of their father and the world to come. It’s also an almost perfectly executed Greek style tragedy.

I thought a bit of the first two acts was overdone, but by the third act, I was riveted and finished this in one sitting.

Very glad I finally picked this one up.


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