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Such a powerful, political and complex historical novel. I have not done the research myself, but the ongoing political corruption that plagues Kenya stands to back his claims, and casts another shadow on the celebrations that should accompany the freedom of any nation. The interior division does not lack on the other side: This is an absolutely brilliant piece of literature describing life in a Kenyan village in the aftermath of or war with Britain in the s, where each villager has their own secret about their actions during the violence, slowly tearing everyone apart.
Concentration camps my late great uncle had an experience of thishangings, traitors, searches in houses, independence.
De todos modos es desgarradora. Firstly because you get to know Kenya’s history and culture, myths and realities, and secondly you are able to see the humanity in the black “savage” and the inhumanity in the white “cultured” man.
A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
The irony if it’s possible to be applied here is that he, the European, cultured, western man is more savage and inhuman than the people of Africa that Europeans always whwat perceived as the whezt of the jungle. Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell. There is no precise information. All the characters did things, or failed to do something they could have done, which they examine in the run-up to the independence celebrations.
It was division among them. Is everything in the new independent Kenya better than it was before? She had fed on stories in which Gikuyu women braved the terrors of the forest to save people, of beautiful girls given to the gods as sacrifice before the rains. There is a cloud that hangs over the novel, one that has yet to dissipate in the intervening decades.
What is most powerful is the narration that focuses on several characters through flashbacks about their relation to the British and to the Mau Mau resistance fighters. The book shows the foundations upon which modern Kenya is built. Jun 17, Wangui rated it really liked it. Or is this independence only an idealised dream.
To alleviate this, I would suggest keeping a basic list of characters as a helpful reference. The structure is what won me over. The result is a sad picture of Kenya told by a person convinced that Kenya needed to get rid of the whiteman and be ruled by black Africans.
Kihaka is an idealist who talks of Jesus Christ and the need for sacrifice, who idolises Ghandi with his struggle for independence though passive resistance.
I bought my copy of this book used and would highly recommend avoiding the old Heinemann “African Writers Series” edition. There are costs to the peace as well. It was geain first novel in English to be published by an East African author. It’s not a fluffy or gentle read, that’s for sure.
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The Best Books of The characters are sharply drawn and the plot is indisputably powerful. It had been formed in response to his and his colleagues’ criticism of English – the British government had made in the s instruction in English mandatory. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Why did it fail? But i eventually got the concept of the book and began to understand the story line and got accustom to the author’s style and technique. No one is actually a hero.
It was brutal, in-humanizing, horrific, awful Time is smeared in this novel, paean to a period when much was uncertain, except for one thing: Truth is one of them.
A story of Kenyan independence and the toll the preceding struggle took on people. Also it might be the single best piece of art about those experiences po I used to assign this book to high school students.
A Grain of Wheat
Stupid white colonials and black freedom-fighters alike take pause to sit back and wonder, what the hell did we just do? I’m not a huge fan of nested stories–narratives breaking off into plot after plot–but Ngugi does this with such grace and darkness that you don’t even really notice until 40 pages later when it returns to the original conversation.
Even though not an easy novel especially for those who prefer straightforward narratives it’s not hard either and it’s rewarding. Others see him as confidant, role model, hero. Some of them worked for the British; others fought them. View all whext comments.
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The war is won, but at the cost of lives and dreams lost. Particularly emerges the importance of Mumbi, who carries the name of the first woman according to the myths of gikuyu origins; so she represents the woman par excellence, tied to the protagonists of the liberation movement and disputed by several men. This really surprised me!
His father, Thiong’o wa Nducu, was a peasant farmer, ngugl was forced to become a squatter after the British Imperial Act of Paperbackpages. Wjeat route to independence for Kenya was a violent and divisive one, while Tanzania had a mostly peaceful transition.
It jumps from the nguugi – Independence day in Kenya to the characters’ pasts and we see how their lives are interwoven and connected. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
The second half was quite good, though not so much that I wanted to read the first half all over again. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.